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Biography: The Life and Contributions of John Muir

This section features articles, essays, chronologies, books, an atlas, and other resources written by others about John Muir. See also our Bibliographic Resources and the Writings by John Muir.

Introducing John Muir

Off-Site links:

Annotated Chronology

  • Chronology of the Life and Legacy of John Muir - from his birth to the present day (1838-2011) This detailed chronology offers a year-by year timeline of Muir's life, followed by the ongoing - and increasing - interest in Muir down to the present. Many links will lead you to various fascinating parts of the John Muir Exhibit.

Scotland - Muir's Birthplace

Wisconsin Boyhood and Inventions

Muir in Canada

Muir in Yosemite

Hetch Hetchy - Muir's Last Battle

Alaska - Exploring Glaciers

Botanical Studies

Family and Ranch Life

Global Travels

John Muir Reminiscences

by those who knew him

Modern Essays About John Muir

  • See our page on Tributes to John Muir for other kinds of honors and tributes to Muir. This section features only written tributes.
  • The First Environmentalist, John Muir by Dr. Jim Butler (offsite link - currently broken )
  • John Muir and the United States National Park System - a speech by former Sierra Club President Lawrence Downing
  • John Muir, the Sierra, Yosemite National Park & the Sierra Club by Bonnie J. Gisel, Ph.D., Curator, LeConte Memorial Lodge, A speech presented on the Occasion of the Sierra Club Resilient Habitats Campaign Retreat March 26 – 29, 2012, Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • John Muir by Lawrence Clark Powell - "If I were to choose a single Californian to occupy the Hall of Fame, it would be this tenacious Scot who became a Californian during the final forty-six years of his life."
  • A Visit to John Muir's Wisconsin Farm by Bill Tweed
  • Triumph For Man and Nature: The American Wilderness and John Muir:   Part 1 | Part 2
    by Shane Mahoney, in Bugle: The Journal of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
    (Vol. 22:3 May/June 2005 & Vol. 22:6 Nov/Dec. 2005 [Off-site links]
  • In the (Low Carbon) Footsteps of John Muir by Greg Haegele, Sierra Club on (April 18, 2008) - "Muir was a visionary who worked hard to protect land even when there was plenty of open space around. Sometimes he was a lonely voice, because not everyone around him understood or supported the need to conserve magnificent places for future generations to explore and enjoy. Kind of like being a global-warming activist in places that still deny it's happening. Muir persevered, and we're all better off for it."
  • 10 Cool things About John Muir by Greg Haegele, Sierra Club on (April 19, 2009)
  • Thank You John Muir - poem by M.P. Khan
  • Saint John Muir by Harold Wood (June 29, 2014)
  • All the Colors of Nature by Michael Brune (November 12, 2015)

About Muir's Books and Articles

Conservation Legacy

Muir's Philosophy

Articles from other Sources

Digital Books or Book Chapters about John Muir

Other Resources

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