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John Muir

Who was a naturalist and the first President of the Sierra Club?

Words for Wilderness Around the World
Words for Wilderness - a Program of Sierra Club LeConte Memorial Lodge
Our Route Around the World

Each submission of (up to) 50 Words for Wilderness per person becomes a link in a necklace of words that will circle the globe. See map.

Our route will follow John Muir's travels around the world beginning in Yosemite National Park at the front door of LeConte Memorial Lodge. The route we are following is not Muir's timeline, but rather our own geographic route from Yosemite Valley around the world, visiting many of the same places Muir visited on his travels around "Earth Planet, Universe." For each location, we identify the approximate dates that Muir visited that location. We hope people from all these locations will contribute to our Words for Wilderness!

Our Route

Composed by Bonnie Johanna Gisel, Ph.D., and Harold Wood, Esq.

LeConte Memorial Lodge, Yosemite National Park – 1868: Muir's first trip to Yosemite Valley

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

Hetch Hetchy Valley, Yosemite National Park

San Joaquin Valley – April 1868

Stockton, California – July 1868

Sacramento, California - January, 1876 (first public lecture)

Brownsville, Yuba County, California – 1874

Mount Shasta – 1874, 1875, 1877, 1888

Crescent City, California – September 1896

Modoc Lava Beds National Monument - 1874

Ashland, Oregon – August 1896

Crater Lake – August 1896, 1888

Pelican Bay, Oregon – August-September 1908

Portland, Oregon – 1874, 1885, 1888

Puget Sound (Seattle area) - 1888

Vancouver, British Columbia – 1888, 1899

Victoria, British Columbia - 1899

Mt. Rainier, Washington – 1888

Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada - October, 1873

San Rafael, California – September 1896

Point Reyes, California – September 1896

Muir Woods – September 1908

San Francisco, California – March 1868 (First trip), 1872 (left Yosemite for first time for Oakland and San Francisco), 1892 (creation of Sierra Club – June 4: Articles of Incorporation)

Berkeley, California – May 1913 (received Honorary Degree, UC Berkeley)

Martinez, California – 1878, 1879, 1880-1914

Diablo Foothills (Mount Diablo) – April-March 1868

Gilroy, California – April 1868

Pacheco Pass – April 1868

French Bar (La Grange), California – Fall 1868

Snelling, California – Fall 1868

Twenty Hill Hollow, California – Fall 1868 (two miles north of Snelling, on Dry Creek and Fields Road)

Hopeton, California – 1868

Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park – 1873 (with Jeanne Carr, Albert Kellogg, William Keith), 1903 (with Theodore Roosevelt)

Mt. Ritter, Yosemite National Park - 1872 (first ascent)

Mono Lake, California

Troy Peak, Grant Range, Nevada - 1878

Mt. Wheeler, (now in Great Basin National Park) Nevada - 1877, 1878

Island Park, Idaho (Harriman Ranch) – August 1913

Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana - 1885

Salt Lake City, Utah - 1913

Wasatch Mountains - 1877

Grand Canyon (Flagstaff), Arizona – September 29, 1896 (with Gifford Pinchot), February-March 1909 (with John Burroughs)

Petrified Forest, Arizona – 1906

Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, northern California, Grand Canyon (Ex-Officio Member Forestry Commission) – July 5 – September 1896

Kansas City – 1885 (Death of father, Daniel Muir)

Portage, Wisconsin – 1849-1860, 1861, 1867, 1893, 1896

Madison, Wisconsin – 1860, 1861-1864, 1896

Chicago, Illinois – 1893 (Columbian Exposition), July 1896

Prairie du Chien - 1860

Indianapolis, Indiana – 1866-1867, 1896

Buffalo, New York – 1849, 1898

Niagara Falls, Canada (somewhere in Ontario, sees the Calypso borealis) - September 1864

Bradford, Ontario – June 1864

Meaford, Canada – March 1864-1865

Georgian Bay – 1864

Holland River – 1864

Bradford, Ontario - 1864

Burlington Bay, Canada – July 1864

Montreal, Canada – 1898

Maine - 1898

Burlington, Vermont – 1898

Stowe, Vermont - 1898

St. Lawrence River -1898

Lake George, New York - 1898

Albany, New York – 1898

"Wing-on-Wing," Hudson River, Henry Fairfield Osborn's estate – November 1898

Stockbridge, Massachusetts - 1898

Boston, Massachusetts – 1893, June 1896, September 1898

Brookline, Massachusetts - 1898

Cambridge, Massachusetts – 1893, 1896

Concord, Massachusetts (Sleepy Hollow Cemetery) (Walden Pond) - 1893

Wood's Hole, Cape Cod – September 1898

New Haven, Connecticut -

New York City – 1849, 1868, 1893, 1896, 1910 (visits Osborn family), August 12, 1911 (leaves for South America and Africa, returns March 1912)

Allegheny Mountains – September-October 1898

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1867

Cumberland Mountains – September 1867

Washington, D.C. - September 1893

Chesapeake Bay – 1911

Jeffersonville – August 1867

Louisville, Kentucky – August 1867, 1898

Norfolk, Virginia - 1911

North Carolina - 1898

Chattanooga, Tennessee – 1898 (Lookout Mountain)

Huntsville, Tennessee – October 1898

Alabama - 1898

Athens, Georgia – September 1866

Savannah, Georgia – October 1867 (Bonaventure Cemetery), November 1898

Fernandina Beach – 1867

Miami, Florida – November 1898

Live Oak, Florida – November 1898

Cedar Key – October 1867, November 20, 1898

Havana, Cuba – January 12, 1868 (aboard Island Belle)

New Orleans, Louisiana - 1898

Isthmus of Panama - 1868

Lesser Antilles – 1911

St. Kitts, Martinique – 1911

Barbados – 1911

Belem, Brazil (Para) – August – September 1911

Amazon River – September 1911

Santos, Brazil (saw forests of Araucaria trees) – October 1911

San Paulo – October 1911

Porto Amazonas (Port Amazons) on Iguacu (Iguassu River) up Rio Negro River to Rio Negro - 1911

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Corcovado Mountain) – October 1911

Montevideo, Uruguay – November 1911

Buenos Aires, Argentina – November 1911

Andes (Los Andes) – November 1911

Santiago, Chile – November 1911

Victoria, Chile – November 1911 (in search of Araucaria imbricata)

Canary Islands – December 1911

Cape Town, South Africa – January 1912

Bulawayo (southwestern Zimbabwe) – January 1912

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (on Zimbabwe River, guided to Baobab tree) – January 1912

Beira, Mozambique – January 1912

Port of Chincle, at mouth of Zambezi River – 1912

Zanzibar, Tanzania – January – February 1912

Dar es Salaam – February 1912

Mombasa, Kenya – February 1912

Entebbe, Uganda – February 1912

Jinga (outlet of Lake Victoria, Ripon Falls, headwaters of Nile River) – February 1912

Nairobi, Kenya – February 1912

Port Florence (south of Kisumu on shores of eastern arm of Lake Victoria) – February 1912

Adan, Yemen (Red Sea) – 1912

Sinai Peninsula – March 1912

Gulf of Suez (Suez Canal) – March1912

El Giza, Egypt – October-November 1903, March 1912

Aswan, Egypt – October-November1903

Mediterranean Sea to Naples, Italy (via Straits of Messina) – March 1912

Geneva, Switzerland – August 1893

Grindelwald, Switzerland – August 1893

Interlaken, Switzerland – August 1893

Neuchatel, Switzerland – August 1893

Zurich, Switzerland – August 1893

Holland – June 1903

Paris, France – June 1903

Liverpool, England – July 1893

Gibraltar – March 1912

London, England (Kew Garden) – August –September 1893

Lake District, England – August 1893

Glasgow, Scotland - 1849

Dunbar, Scotland – 1838-1849, July and September 1893

Edinburgh, Scotland – July 1893

Lakes of Killarney, Ireland – September 1893

Berlin, Germany – 1903

St. Petersburg, Russia – 1903

Trondheim, Norway – July 1893

Forest of Lindula, Finland – 1893

St. Petersburg, Russia – 1903

Moscow, Russia - 1903

Caucasus Mountains – May 1903

Siberia – August 1903

Vladivostock, Russia – August – September 1903

Manchuria – August 1903

Shanghai, China – September 1903

Korea – September 1903

Singapore – September 1903, 1904

Calcutta, India – October 1903

Darjeeling, India – October 1903 (saw Himalayas)

Shimla, India - October-November 1903 (Himilayas and Deodar forests)

Mumbai (Bombay), India – December 1903

Sri Lanka (Ceylon) – December 1903

Freemantle, Australia – December 1903

Melbourne, Australia – December 1903

Sydney, Australia – January 1904

Auckland, New Zealand – January – February 1904

Mueller Glacier, Mount Cook, New Zealand - 1903

Christchurch, New Zealand – 1904

Darwin, Australia – 1904

Timor, Indonesia – 1904

Manila, Philippines – 1903

Hong Kong – April 1904

Nagasaki, Japan – 1904

Yokohama, Japan – April 1904

Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands – 1904

Alaska – 1879 (first Alaskan expedition with S. Hall Young)
(Fort Wrangell, Glenora on the Stikine River, mid-October – Glacier Bay)
1880 (July-September, to Taylor Glacier with Stickeen)
1881 (May-October, Cruised aboard the Corwin, Bering Sea, Siberia)
1890
1896
1897 (via Banff and Canadian Rockies)
1899 (Harriman Alaska Expedition) (Sitka –June 1899)
(Wrangell, Glacier Bay, Prince William Sound – 1899)

St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Los Angeles, California – December 1914 (died of pneumonia in California Hospital, LA)

San Bernardino – September 1896

Pasadena, California – January 1909

San Gabriel Mountains – 1877

Daggett, California – March-April 1908, January, February-March 1909, December 1914

Mojave Desert – December 1907

Mount Whitney – 1873, 1875

Sequoia and Kings Canyon – 1873, 1875

High Sierra - (now the John Muir Trail and John Muir Wilderness), Sierra Nevada, California

And finally . . . return back to Yosemite Valley, LeConte Memorial Lodge! (Centennial: 2004)

Get Involved

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Find Out More

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Information and Donations

For more information, during the summer contact Sierra Club LeConte Memorial Lodge Curator, P.O. Box 755, Yosemite, CA 95389, 1-209-372-4542; e-mail: leconte.curator@sierraclub.org.

During the winter, contact LeConte Lodge Committee Chair, Harold Wood, P.O. Box 3543, Visalia, CA 93278; phone: (559) 697-3525; e-mail: harold.wood@sierraclub.org

Tax deductible donations to support the new exhibits and renovation efforts of the LeConte Memorial can be made to "Sierra Club Foundation," marked for the "LeConte Lodge Fund."


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