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S. Hall Young

S. Hall Young of Alaska  1847-1927
  • A Presbyterian missionary in Alaska.
  • Young met John Muir in 1879 and accompanied Muir on several of his Alaskan adventures. It was Young's dog, Stickeen, that later became the subject of Muir's most famous dog story.
  • Young wrote of Muir, "I sat at his feet, and at the feet of his spirit I still sit, a student, absorbed, surrendered."
  • Young wrote a fascinating book, Alaska Days With John Muir, published the year after Muir's death, in which he tells about their adventures together, including how Muir saved his life while mountain climbing, and their meetings with the Tlingit group of Native Americans.

  • Complete book:
    Alaska Days with John Muir by S. Hall Young (1915) - available in various digital formats from

  • Many of the letters between S. Hall Young and John Muir are available at the University of the Pacific's John Muir Papers collection of John Muir Correspondence.

  • A Letter from John Muir to S. Hall Young, dated May 31, 1910 was discovered in 1991.
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