This is the way the house looked in 1900:
On a bright Autumn day in November, 2014, I visited the park for a look at the landscape and the house and for a conversation with Kelli English, the site's chief of Interpretation. This fall I've been blessed with a teaching schedule at Eastern Washington University that allows me to focus on one course, "The History of the American National Parks." Since the class is on line, I can take my students with me, so to speak, to some of our fabled parks.
My students and I have studied John Muir, naturally, as the person I like to call "The George Washington of American National Parks." We all learned about Muir riding an avalanche down a Sierra mountain slope and clinging to the top of a swaying tree in a windstorm, but I knew less about the Muir who made a fortune in agriculture and hunkered down in a Victorian house to write many of his books and articles.
Here is what the Muir house looks like today along with a sampling of its contents:
Here is the conversation:
(You know you want to!)
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