John Muir National Historic Site
|Location||4999 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, California|
|Area||345 acres (140 ha)|
|Architect||Wolfe & Son; Martinez, Vicente|
|Website||John Muir National Historic Site|
|NRHP reference #||66000083|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHL||December 29, 1962|
|Designated NHS||August 31, 1964|
The John Muir National Historic Site is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Martinez, Contra Costa County, California. It preserves the 14-room Italianate Victorian mansion where the naturalist and writer John Muir lived, as well as a nearby 325-acre (132 ha) tract of native oak woodlands and grasslands historically owned by the Muir family. The main site is on the edge of town, in the shadow of State Route 4, also known as the "John Muir Parkway."
The mansion was built in 1883 by Dr. John Strentzel, Muir's father-in-law, with whom Muir went into partnership, managing his 2,600-acre (1,100 ha) fruit ranch. Muir and his wife, Louisa, moved into the house in 1890, and he lived there until his death in 1914.
While living here, Muir realized many of his greatest accomplishments, co-founding and serving as the first president of the Sierra Club, in the wake of his battle to prevent Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley from being dammed, playing a prominent role in the creation of several national parks, writing hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and several books expounding on the virtues of conservation and the natural world, and laying the foundations for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.
Archive and Landmark
In 1988 nearby Mount Wanda Nature Preserve (named for one of John Muir's two daughters) was added to the Historic Site.
John Muir National Historic Site
The John Muir National Historic Site offers a biographical film, tours of the house and nature walks on Mount Wanda.
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