John Muir, Conservationist
"How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has its glorious starry firmament for a roof.
leaves and moss like the marmots and the birds, or tents or piled stone --
we all dwell in a house of one room --
the world with the firmament for its roof --
are all sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track."
~ John Muir
One of the sights in Yosemite ValleyHe lived in the Valley for several years and became so knowledgeable about this natural wonder that he served as a guide for some of the most famous of Yosemite’s visitors, including one of his idols, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Site of John Muir's 'Sugar Pine cabin' where he lived in Yosemite
In 1889 Muir took Robert Underwood Johnson, editor of Century, one of the most prominent magazines in the country, on a camping trip to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. Johnson then published Muir's two articles advocating that Yosemite be made into a National Park and lobbied Congress energetically. Congress complied and created the Yosemite National Park.