John Muir was a man who liked to wander, but with a purpose. His affinity for the natural world in all of its manifestations was omnipresent in his writings as well as in his efforts to assure that future generations would be able to see some of the landscapes that he surveyed in the 19th century. While Muir spent some of his formative years in Wisconsin, after leaving the University of Wisconsin, he journeyed west, and for the remainder of his life he lived with his family in Martinez, California. Muir did not build the home himself, but he and his family took up residence in 1890, and many decades after his death, the John Muir Historic Site was created to preserve this unique place. Recently, the National Park Service created this website to pay homage to the man and his legacy, and in doing so, they have also crafted a site that can also be used to educate young and old alike about Muir's work. Within the various sections, users can learn about Muir's family through slide shows of historic images, and also about his writings.
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