Photographs of John Muir

John Muir

Photographic portrait of John Muir in 1909, by Edward Greene. From the Francis Fisher Browne Papers of the Newberry Library, through whose courtesy it is used. Browne was the editor of The Dial from 1880 until his death in 1913.

Muir and Roosevelt

A stereograph of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir at Glacier Point in Yosemite during a camping trip in 1903. The Antiquities Act of 1906 and the creation of the National Park Service were a result of the collaboration between these two important Americans, who loved and preserved so much of America's natural heritage. (Image from "John Muir Exhibit," Sierra Club website.)

Burroughs and Muir

A photograph of naturalist John Burroughs and John Muir among the rocks of Yosemite. Burroughs was a frequent companion with Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Thomas Edison. Ford had built America's first recreational vehicle, in which the foursome often toured national parks. Once, in need of tires for their RV, Ford thought he would impress the dealer. He introduced himself as Henry Ford, the man who put America on wheels, Harvey Firestone as the man who invented the pneumatic tire, and Thomas Edison as the man who invented the electric light bulb. Not terribly impressed, the dealer looked at John Burroughs and asked, "And who is this? Santa Claus?" (Image from “John Muir Exhibit," Sierra Club website.)

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