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Places and Schools Named After John Muir



  • John Muir Way - The John Muir Way stretches 134 miles or 215 km across Scotland's heartland, running between Helensburgh in the west through to Dunbar on the east coast and Muir's birthplace. It is a walking and cycling path, that can also be ridden in parts by horseback. Opened in 2014, the centenary of John Muir's death, the John Muir Way encourages Scots to engage with nature on their doorstep and to awaken interest and respect for John Muir's philosophy across Scotland.

  • Dunbar
    • Photo Essay of John Muir's Dunbar (20 photos with text) from BBC!
    • Text Essay of John Muir's Dunbar (Discover how John Muir's life and legacy were shaped by his boyhood in East Lothian, Scotland, in this illustrated essay from the BBC.
    • Muir's View - a putting green located on the Winterfield Golf Course, overlooking the beach at Belhaven Bay which is part of the John Muir Country Park.
    • John Muir Country Park - The Park is a coastline area of land of 1,667 acres set aside for the conservation of nature and for people to freely enjoy the beautiful coastline. The Park begins at the Dunbar Castle where Muir played as a child, and extends northward. The park was approved in 1976 and was the first of its kind in Scotland.
    • John Muir Birthplace Re-Opens (August, 2003)
    • Friends of John Muir's Birthplace - A new interpretive center has been developed by the John Muir Birthplace Trust. (offsite links)
    • A series of street names in the former Lochend Estate to the south of the town are named for Muir: John Muir Crescent, John Muir Gardens, John Muir Place, John Muir Road, and John Muir Way. David Anderson, a Dunbar resident writes: "All of the streets in this residential development of approximately 500 new homes (2002-2003) will be named after notable Dunbar people (mind you, some are only notable to us). A large woodland associated with the old estate will be preserved for community use and will be managed for the benefit of wildlife."
    • Discover Dunbar - Official Website
  • Edinburgh
    • John Muir Building - at The University of Edinburgh
    • John Muir Building - at Heriot-Watt University, housing programs in Biology, Marine Science and Environmental Management, Sport and Exercise Science, and the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD)
    • Engraved John Muir Quote at Scottish Parliament Building
    • Makar's Court - engraved flagstone with Muir quote - installed in 2014 at the Edinburgh Writer's Museum. The engraving reads: John Muir (1838 –1914) "I care only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness." (from The Life and Letters of John Muir by William Frederic Bade, Volume 11, Chapter XI On Widening Currents 1873-1875. Letter to Mrs Carr from John Muir, Yosemite Valley, 7 October 1874)
    • John Muir Grove - in the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. A popular venue for weddings, the grove feature California Redwoods over 24 meters in height that were planted in the 1920s, as well as rhododendrons. John Muir quotes are sometmies featured in exhibitions elsewhere in the Garden.
  • Glasgow - John Muir Room and four stained-glass panels, (off-site link) created by the artist John K Clark, including a glass quotation from Muir, was unveiled on April 29, 2008 at Oran Mor, a popular bar, restaurant and entertainment events venue located in a historic converted church in west Glasgow.
  • Haddington - John Muir House - East Lothian Council (local government) headquarters (click on link to view photo)

United States of America

  • Illinois
    • Hoffman Estates
      • John Muir Elementary School
  • Kentucky
    • John Muir Highway - Highway 90 starts in Cave City, KY, and goes 35 miles to Burksville, KY.
    • Wolfe County
      • Muir Valley - a privately owned nature preserve and rock climbing area in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky. The Valley is approximately 400 acres in size and walled in by over seven miles of majestic cliffs of hard Corbin Sandstone. The owners, Rick & Liz Weber, chose the name, "Muir Valley", to honor the memory of John Muir. They write:
        "John Muir is revered as the "Father of the National Parks." His reputation as a conservationist has overshadowed his achievements as a rock climber. The climbing community recognizes him as the greatest climber in America during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, in terms of first ascents and technical skills. His achievements are especially impressive in view of the fact that he free soloed his climbs and did so without the benefit of modern climbing equipment.

        Muir discovered that climbing rock provided him with an enchanting perspective of the natural beauty around him that viewing from the ground could not. Many of us who climb have been fortunate to make this same discovery. We believe, as John Muir did, that responsible rock climbing in places of natural beauty is altogether fitting and proper.

        In 1890, when Yosemite Valley was set aside as a national park, solely due to Muir’s efforts, the land was scarred by logging trails and tree stumps. With much work and the natural healing effects of time, Yosemite has grown into a wondrous place for all lovers of nature — flatlanders and rock climbers alike. On a much smaller scale, we are faced with similar challenges and hold hopes that this little Kentucky valley, with its waterfalls, caves, and breathtaking cliffs will grow into a place that old Muir would have enjoyed
        climbing in and sauntering through."

  • New York
    • Amherst (Buffalo suburb)
      • John Muir Drive
    • Bronx, New York City
      • John Muir Nature Trail - a feature of Van Cortlandt Park. Begun in 1997, the trail passes through forests, with 100 foot trees, wetlands with frogs and salamanders, and grasslands filled with songbirds. Located on Van Cortlandt Park's north side, John Muir Trail's 4-mile out-and-back winds through the Northwest Forest before crossing over to the park's east side and into the Croton Woods.
  • North Carolina
    • Greensboro
      • John Muir Free School - A home school: "We like having our school named for John Muir because he learned from nature and taught others to care for the earth."
  • Ohio
    • Parma
      • John Muir Elementary School
  • Oregon
    • Ashland - John Muir School - In the fall of 2006, the new John Muir School will open its doors for the first time. Located on the north wing of Ashland Middle School, John Muir will be a science and art magnet school serving children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
    • Prospect
      • Prospect Hotel, John Muir Room. The proprietors note: "John Muir, the famed wilderness explorer and conservationist, is best known as a founder of the Sierra Club. His support of William Steel to propose a National Park for Crater Lake inspired him to write "The trees and their lovers will sing their praises, and generations yet unborn will rise up and call them blessed."  The John Muir Room is on the third floor and features a full size bed, handmade quilt, private bath and phone.
  • Tennessee
    • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (Scott County)
      • John Muir Trail - this trail is marked with a blue silhouette; however, some sections are also known by other names such as: O&W Trail, Angel Falls Overlook, etc. Same trail is listed below.
    • Cherokee National Forest (Polk County)
  • Texas
    • Colleyville
      • According to press reports, a subdivision adjacent to Whittier Heights in Colleyville, Texas (a suburb of Fort Worth), has a street named after John Muir and other streets named after other naturalists and conservationists.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Washington State
  • Wisconsin
    • Columbia County (half mile south of Poynette)
    • Green Bay
      • John Muir Park - Located in Green Bay at West Mason to Military Avenue, south to Biemeret Street, west to Wiesner Street. A typical city park, Green Bay's John Muir Park offers playground equipment, horseshoe pit, basketball court, softball diamond, lighted tennis courts and volleyball.  It has an enclosed shelter with the capacity of 60 people. There are 6 picnic tables inside the shelter along with a serving table. There are approximately 15 picnic tables throughout the park. In winter there is an ice skating rink, weather permitting.
    • Kettle Morain State Forest
    • Madison
    • Marquette County
      • Muir Memorial County Park - at the site of what was called "Fountain Lake" during Muir's boyhood, now sometimes referred to as "Ennis Lake" or "Muir Lake." (for photo of plaque and Fountain Lake, see Places Important to John Muir).
    • Middleton
      • John Muir Drive
    • Milwaukee
    • Portage
    • Wausau

Solar System - Universe

  • Minor Planet Named for John Muir (2006) - This 1-mile diameter celestial body, now named "Johnmuir" is Solar System object number 2004PX42. It was named by its discoverer, amateur astronomer R.E. Jones, in honor of our pioneer conservationist. Seems appropriate for someone who gave his address as "Earth-Planet, Universe."

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