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The Yosemite

by John Muir
Conservationist John Muir lived six years in Yosemite Valley, California, documenting the region’s beauty and ecology for Century magazine. His efforts to bring Yosemite’s beauty and fragility to the public eye helped ensure Yosemite would be established as a National Park, in 1890.
Originally published by The Century Co. in 1912
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The Details
Length: 220 pages
Language: English
ISBN (Holloway.com):
978-1-952120-06-0

About the Author

John Muir
John Muir, born in Scotland in 1838 and raised in the United States, is one of history’s most revered and impactful environmentalists. Muir devoted his life to the preservation of wild places—he was sometimes called “John of the Mountains.” Through his popular writings and political activism, Muir had an extraordinary impact on the fate of public lands in America and on the very concept of environmental conservation worldwide. Muir founded the Sierra Club, with Henry Senger of the University of California, Berkeley, in 1892. Muir’s efforts to educate the public about the Yosemite wilderness and the threats to its ecosystem influenced Congress to establish Yosemite as a National Park in 1890, conserving the land for future generations. Many other wilderness areas were preserved thanks to Muir’s efforts, including Sequoia National Park. Muir died of pneumonia in California at 76. California celebrates John Muir Day on April 21st. Peaks, beaches, glaciers, camps, parks, and trails across America and in Scotland bear his name.

Table of Contents

The Author and Work
The Yosemite
Winter Storms and Spring Floods
Snow-Storms
Snow Banners
The Trees of the Valley
The Forest Trees in General
The Big Trees
The Flowers
The Birds
The South Dome
The Ancient Yosemite Glaciers: How the Valley Was Formed
How Best to Spend One’s Yosemite Time
Early History of the Valley
Lamon
Galen Clark
Hetch Hetchy Valley
Appendix A: Legislation About the Yosemite
Appendix B: Table of Distances
Appendix C: Maximum Rates for Transportation