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Tributes Commemorating the Life and Legacy of John Muir

By: C.M.Shorter

It was John Muir who founded the Sierra Club on May 28, 1892, one of the world’s greatest and oldest conservation organizations and was elected its first President   Muir lobbied and campaigned from this position for many great wilderness programs.  Muir held that position until his death in 1914.   Tributes commemorating the life and legacy of John Muir are many:

John’s Muir’s California home in Martinez, a 14 room Victorian mansion in the San Francisco Bay area where he lived from 1890 until his death in 1914 is preserved in time and named the John Muir National Historic Site.  The John Muir Nature Trail includes 325 acres recently added from the Mount Wanda owned by Muir’s family features trails abundant with wildlife and wildflowers and scenic views of the Carquinez Straits.
From the wilderness trails of Yosemite boasting over 800 miles of nature trails, there are 211 miles dedicated as the John Muir Trail which originates at Happy Trails and ends at Mount Whitney. It is from this trail Yosemite visitors  have some of the best vantage points to view "Half-Dome".
In 1908 President Roosevelt declared a track of Redwood Forest land in Marin County, California now 554 acres Muir Woods National Monument.  This land was donated by U.S. Congressman, William Kent who requested the original 295 acres along Redwood Creek be named in John Muir’s honor.
Early on Muir traveled to Alaska to study glacial formations and was key in mapping Glacier Bay.  In tribute to his Alaskan wilderness journey, “Muir Glacier” reaching over 25 miles in width with 200 tributaries was named in his honor to commemorate his scientific contributions & studies of the Arctic.
As part of the United States Mint’s State Quarters® Program, on March 29, 2004 it was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who made the final selection announcing that John Muir’s likeness along with symbols of the land he loved had been selected for mintage on California’s 2005 State Quarter.  The coin issued by the U.S. Mint is the 31st of the State Quarters honoring California’s statehood as the 31st state to enter our Union on September 9, 1850.  John Muir is depicted looking up to his beloved Yosemite Valley’s “Half Dome”, along with a giant Sequoia and a once almost extinct California Condor soaring to the sky.  
April 21st has officially been declared "John Muir Day" in the State of California.  Every year on this day John Muir is honored for his achievements in conservation.

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