John Muir National Historic Site
Born in Scotland on April 21, 1838, John Muir eventually became known as the "Father of the National Park Service". Muir was a fruit rancher, inventor, botanist, glaciologist, and extremely prolific writer. He was also a passionate nature-lover who persuaded President Theodore Roosevelt to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, the Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as National Parks. He co-founded the Sierra Club and was its president until his death in 1914.
The home John Muir shared with his wife and daughters in Martinez, California was declared a National Historic Site on August 31, 1964. The site includes the house, orchards, the Martinez Adobe, and Mt. Wanda where Muir liked to take his daughters on nature walks. Today, the site still hosts a variety of walks and events and has exhibits of Muir’s personal belongings and photos.