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John Muir 1838-1914

John Muir 1838-1914

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

John Muir 1838-1914

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

John Muir 1838-1914

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Grey
The Municipality of Meaford
Near a picnic shelter at Epping Lookout on Road 7
between Road 32 and Sideroad 19


Coordinates: N 44 27.675 W 80 33.241

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Plaque Text

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 in 1864 on a walking tour of Canada West, during which he travelled 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.

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> Posted August 25, 2016
One hundred years ago today, on August 25, 1916, the US National Park Service was established. It is one of John Muir's greatest legacies, but credit goes to many others, including Stephen Mather, the first director of the NPS; Horace Albright, his deputy; J.B. Harkin and the Dominion Parks Service (Parks Canada), whose establishment as the first national park service, five years earlier, was a catalyst in creating the department. To both park services, here's to a second century of noble stewardship, and the excitement of engaging people with our shared and unique heritage. -Wayne

> Posted December 29, 2014
Christmas Eve marked the 100th anniversary of the death of John Muir, pioneer conservationist and considered a Father of the US National Park System. He lived in southern Ontario, and eventually found his way to California, where he died and is buried. Two national park areas commemorate his life: Muir Woods National Monument, a towering grove of coast redwood trees, and John Muir National Historic Site, his home in Martinez. Both sites are not far from San Francisco. -Wayne




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