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Ontario Historical Plaque

Epping Lookout, Bruce Trail

Location: Epping Lookout, Bruce Trail, about 12 miles from Trout Hollow, near Meaford, Ontario, where Muir lived in a cabin while working in a rake factory. On County Road 7, south of County Road 40, off Highway 26 in Grey County.

John Muir in Canada Historical Plaque

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Photo courtesy of Scott Cameron, Canadian Friends of John Muir.

Plaque Text:

John Muir 1838-1914

Born in Dunbar, Scotland, this famous naturalist, whose books and articles played a significant role in the early development of the United States National Park Service, emigrated with his family to Wisconsin in 1849. Intensely interested in botany and geology, Muir set out in1864 on a walking tour of Canada West, during, which he traveled much of what is known in Ontario today as the "Bruce Trail." His brother Daniel, employed since the previous year at the rake factory of William Trout and Charles Jay, near Meaford, induced him to take employment there also. In 1866 Muir returned to the United States, where in later years he became a leading champion of conservation.

Archeological and Historical Sites Board of Ontario

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