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Places and Schools

Named After John Muir


Canada

Scotland

  • Dunbar
    • Photo Essay of John Muir's Dunbar (20 photos with text) from BBC!
    • Text Essay of John Muir's Dunbar (Discover how John Muir's life and legacy were shaped by his boyhood in East Lothian, Scotland, in this illustrated essay from the BBC.
    • Muir's View - a putting green located on the Winterfield Golf Course, overlooking the beach at Belhaven Bay which is part of the John Muir Country Park.
    • John Muir Country Park - The Park is a coastline area of land of 1,667 acres set aside for the conservation of nature and for people to freely enjoy the beautiful coastline. The Park begins at the Dunbar Castle where Muir played as a child, and extends northward. The park was approved in 1976 and was the first of its kind in Scotland.
    • John Muir Birthplace Re-Opens (August, 2003)
    • Friends of John Muir's Birthplace - A new interpretive center has been developed by the John Muir Birthplace Trust. (offsite links)
    • A series of street names in the former Lochend Estate to the south of the town are named for Muir: John Muir Crescent, John Muir Gardens, John Muir Place, John Muir Road, and John Muir Way. David Anderson, a Dunbar resident writes: "All of the streets in this residential development of approximately 500 new homes (2002-2003) will be named after notable Dunbar people (mind you, some are only notable to us). A large woodland associated with the old estate will be preserved for community use and will be managed for the benefit of wildlife."
    • Discover Dunbar - Official Website
  • Edinburgh
    • John Muir Building - at The University of Edinburgh
    • John Muir Building - at Heriot-Watt University, housing programs in Biology, Marine Science and Environmental Management, Sport and Exercise Science, and the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD)
    • Makar's Court - engraved flagstone with Muir quote - to be installed 2014 at the Edinburgh Writer's Museum. The engraving will read: John Muir (1838 –1914) "I care only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness." (from The Life and Letters of John Muir by William Frederic Bade, Volume 11, Chapter XI On Widening Currents 1873-1875. Letter to Mrs Carr from John Muir, Yosemite Valley, 7 October 1874)
  • Glasgow - John Muir Room and four stained-glass panels, created by the artist John K Clark, including a glass quotation from Muir, was unveiled on April 29, 2008 at Oran Mor, a popular bar, restaurant and entertainment events venue located in a historic converted church in west Glasgow.
  • Haddington - John Muir House - East Lothian Council (local government) headquarters (click on link to view photo)

United States of America

  • Alaska
  • California
    • Berkeley
    • Burbank
    • Coarsegold
      • John Muir Court
      • John Muir Drive
    • Coulterville
      • John Muir Highway - The John Muir Highway was established to honor the legendary naturalist John Muir by developing visitor sites along the County Road J132 route of Muir’s 1868 walk to Yosemite from San Francisco. See also the John Muir Highway Fan Club on Facebook.
      • John Muir Geotourism Center - Educational organization, growing out of the John Muir Highway project, promoting exploring, learning, sharing, and preserving the natural environment for mental, spiritual and physical development, as exemplified in John Muir's life.
    • Corcoran
    • Fontana
      • Muir Street (in Village of Heritage)
    • Fresno (City)
    • Fresno County
      • Kings Canyon National Park
          • John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove Village. Muir's travels in the area are commemorated in the lobby paintings and photos. See also Concession Web page on John Muir Lodge (Off-site link)
          • Muir Rock - in Kings Canyon National Park, at Road's End. An interpretive marker nearby notes that Muir used to lecture on geology and natural history on this large river-side flat-topped granite boulder during early-day Sierra Club Outings to the area.
          • Muir Hut (on Muir Pass) See Photos by Deems Burton (2005) (off-site link)
            This building was constructed in 1930 by the Sierra Club in cooperation with the Sierra National Forest (before establishment of the Kings Canyon National Park.) Muir Hut is intended as a temporary shelter for hikers caught in storms on this exposed section of the John Muir Trail.
          • Muir Pass
      • Glendale
      • Groveland
        • Friends of Yosemite Lodge (Bed and Breakfast Inn), John Muir Room. The proprietors note: "Decorated in warm hues of nature’s bounty and accented by hand-hewn log furnishings, the John Muir room honors the great naturalist known the world over for his preservation work. Quite eccentric, Muir once tied himself to the top of a pine tree in a storm so that he could feel the power of Mother Nature. Featuring a queen bed and private bath with shower, this first-floor room’s majestic pine furnishings and natural accents provide guests a small glimpse of John Muir’s love affair with nature."
      • Hayward
        • Muir Elementary School
      • Idyllwild
        • John Muir Road
      • La Jolla
        • John Muir College , University of California, San Diego. John Muir College was named for the famed environmentalist, nature writer, and founder of the Sierra Club. The College has an About John Muir page on its website. In the spirit of namesake John Muir, Muir College supports local, national, and global efforts to preserve the natural environment and to promote environmental sustainability in energy and water use, waste disposal, food production, and other practices. The University of California, San Diego was listed third in Sierra Magazine’s 2011 “Coolest Schools” report as part of the environmental magazine’s annual sustainability ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. In 2012, as schools fluctuate in rankings year by year, UCSD reanked as number 17.
      • Lake Arrowhead
        • John Muir Road
      • Long Beach
      • Los Angeles (city)
      • Los Angeles County
        • Muir Peak
      • Mammoth Lakes
        • John Muir Road
        • Mammoth Country Inn (Bed & Breakfast), John Muir Room. The proprietors note: "Take a step back to the early days in the Sierra with the John Muir Room. Antique furnishings and early photographs will transport you back to the days of John Muir's tramping through the great wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas. This room has a private full bath, although not adjoining. Or, consider using the room as an inexpensive second bedroom for a family or small group.
      • Marin County
      • Mariposa County
        • John Muir Highway - The John Muir Highway was established to honor the legendary naturalist John Muir by developing visitor sites along the County Road J132 route of Muir’s 1868 walk to Yosemite from San Francisco. In 2010, both Mariposa and Tuolumne counties designated Highway 132 from Coulterville to Highway 120, a major route into Yosemite National Park, as the John Muir Highway. See: Yosemite Highway Dedicated to John Muir - Press Release by Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.See also the John Muir Highway Fan Club on Facebook.
        • John Muir Geotourism Center - Educational organization, in Coulterville (Mariposa County) growing out of the John Muir Highway project, promoting exploring, learning, sharing, and preserving the natural environment for mental, spiritual and physical development, as exemplified in John Muir's life.
      • Martinez
      • Merced
        • John Muir Elementary School
      • Modesto
        • John Muir Elementary School (built in 1923, this school was originally in a brick building at 800 East Morris Ave. The John Muir School moved to their current location at 1215 Lucern Ave, Modesto, CA 95350 in 1951. The original site on Morris Ave. was abandoned as a school ,and burned down in October, 2007) .
        • John Muir Park, 816 High St.
        • John Muir Hall, Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue.
        • Muir Road
      • Napa
      • Newark
        • John Muir Drive
      • Pasadena
      • Pleasant Hill
        • Conrtra Costa County Office of Education, John Muir Room
      • Sacramento
        • John Muir Park
        • John Muir Charter School (off-site link) - provides high school services to over 35 California Conservation Corps, Local Conservation Corps, YouthBuild, and Job Corps sites around the state of California. Established in 2002.
      • San Bruno
        • John Muir Elementary School
      • San Diego
      • San Francisco
        • John Muir Drive, along Lake Merced, southwest part of the city
        • John Muir Elementary School
        • John Muir Nature Trail, at Golden Gate Park, Strybing Arboretum. The John Muir Nature Trail, begun in June of 1970, provides an opportunity to learn about California coastal habitats and includes an interpretive deck with several informative plaques as well as a tree shaded wooden bridge over a small pond.
        • U.S Environmental Protection Agency, 75 Hawthorne St., has a John Muir Room (# 1714).
      • San Jose
      • San Leandro
        • John Muir Junior High School
      • Santa Ana
      • Santa Monica
        • John Muir Elementary School
      • Sierra Nevada
      • Siskiyou County
        • Black Butte, a "plug dome" volcano located between Mt. Shasta City and Weed, was once known as Muir Peak. It has sometimes been called a cinder cone, resulting from one of Mount Shasta's many eruptions...but is actually a separate volcano, complete with a well defined hiking trail to the summit. Source: Siskiyou County Visitors Bureau
      • Sonora
      • Stockton
      • Sugar Pine
        • All Seasons Sugar Pine Resort (Bed & Breakfast, on Sonora Pass Highway (CA Hwy 108)), John Muir Room. The proprietors note: " John Muir was the consummate hiker, explorer and traveler. I honor his spirit with a very special Suite. A King size Cedar bed is featured with a twig canopy carved from the wood from this property. A mural of forests, the sky, a waterfall, leafs, and finally John Muir, makes this room a work of art. The majority of furniture is hand made by local artists with bedding and drapes custom appointed to enhance the world-class experience."
      • Tuolumne County
      • Tulare County
      • Walnut Creek
    • Florida
      • Cedar Key
      • Orlando
        • Epcot Center (Disney World), "The Land," - John Muir animitronic figure
      • Yulee
        • John Muir Ecological Park - Located near Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville, in Nassau County. The park anchors the abandoned railbed that Muir walked across Florida on, still visibly raised above the surrounding wetlands and low woods. It is the hoped that some day this small park will be the beginning of a system of bike and multiuse trails through the Nassau County. More info: Nassau Community Trails.
    • Illinois
      • Hoffman Estates
        • John Muir Elementary School
    • Kentucky
      • John Muir Highway - Highway 90 starts in Cave City, KY, and goes 35 miles to Burksville, KY.
      • Wolfe County
        • Muir Valley - a privately owned nature preserve and rock climbing area in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky. The Valley is approximately 400 acres in size and walled in by over seven miles of majestic cliffs of hard Corbin Sandstone. The owners, Rick & Liz Weber, chose the name, "Muir Valley", to honor the memory of John Muir. They write:
          "John Muir is revered as the "Father of the National Parks." His reputation as a conservationist has overshadowed his achievements as a rock climber. The climbing community recognizes him as the greatest climber in America during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, in terms of first ascents and technical skills. His achievements are especially impressive in view of the fact that he free soloed his climbs and did so without the benefit of modern climbing equipment.

          Muir discovered that climbing rock provided him with an enchanting perspective of the natural beauty around him that viewing from the ground could not. Many of us who climb have been fortunate to make this same discovery. We believe, as John Muir did, that responsible rock climbing in places of natural beauty is altogether fitting and proper.

          In 1890, when Yosemite Valley was set aside as a national park, solely due to Muir’s efforts, the land was scarred by logging trails and tree stumps. With much work and the natural healing effects of time, Yosemite has grown into a wondrous place for all lovers of nature — flatlanders and rock climbers alike. On a much smaller scale, we are faced with similar challenges and hold hopes that this little Kentucky valley, with its waterfalls, caves, and breathtaking cliffs will grow into a place that old Muir would have enjoyed
          climbing in and sauntering through."

    • New York
      • Amherst (Buffalo suburb)
        • John Muir Drive
      • Bronx, New York City
    • North Carolina
      • Greesnboro
        • John Muir Free School - A home school: "We like having our school named for John Muir because he learned from nature and taught others to care for the earth."
    • Ohio
      • Parma
        • John Muir Elementary School
    • Oregon
      • Ashland - John Muir School - In the fall of 2006, the new John Muir School will open its doors for the first time. Located on the north wing of Ashland Middle School, John Muir will be a science and art magnet school serving children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
      • Prospect
        • Prospect Hotel, John Muir Room. The proprietors note: "John Muir, the famed wilderness explorer and conservationist, is best known as a founder of the Sierra Club. His support of William Steel to propose a National Park for Crater Lake inspired him to write "The trees and their lovers will sing their praises, and generations yet unborn will rise up and call them blessed."  The John Muir Room is on the third floor and features a full size bed, handmade quilt, private bath and phone.
    • Tennessee
      • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (Scott County)
        • John Muir Trail - this trail is marked with a blue silhouette; however, some sections are also known by other names such as: O&W Trail, Angel Falls Overlook, etc. Same trail is listed below.
      • Cherokee National Forest (Polk County)
    • Texas
      • Colleyville
        • According to press reports, a subdivision adjacent to Whittier Heights in Colleyville, Texas (a suburb of Fort Worth), has a street named after John Muir and other streets named after other naturalists and conservationists.
    • Utah
      • Bountiful
        • Muir Elementary School
    • Washington, D.C.
    • John Muir Inducted on the Extra Mile Volunteeer Pathway (April 22, 2009)
      • Honoree on The Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway in Washington, D.C. (off-site link)
    • Dept of Interior, 1800 C Street, John Muir Room
    • Washington State
    • Wisconsin
      • Columbia County (half mile south of Poynette)
      • Green Bay
        • John Muir Park - Located in Green Bay at West Mason to Military Avenue, south to Biemeret Street, west to Wiesner Street. A typical city park, Green Bay's John Muir Park offers playground equipment, horseshoe pit, basketball court, softball diamond, lighted tennis courts and volleyball.  It has an enclosed shelter with the capacity of 60 people. There are 6 picnic tables inside the shelter along with a serving table. There are approximately 15 picnic tables throughout the park. In winter there is an ice skating rink, weather permitting.
      • Kettle Morain State Forest
      • Madison
      • Marquette County
        • Muir Memorial County Park - at the site of what was called "Fountain Lake" during Muir's boyhood, now sometimes referred to as "Ennis Lake" or "Muir Lake." (for photo of plaque and Fountain Lake, see Places Important to John Muir).
      • Middleton
        • John Muir Drive
      • Milwaukee
      • Portage
      • Wausau

    Solar System - Universe

    • Minor Planet Named for John Muir (2006) - This 1-mile diameter celestial body, now named "Johnmuir" is Solar System object number 2004PX42. It was named by its discoverer, amateur astronomer R.E. Jones, in honor of our pioneer conservationist. Seems appropriate for someone who gave his address as "Earth-Planet, Universe."

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