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John Muir’s birthday

John Muir’s birthday

John Muir’s birthday

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. – John Muir, The Yosemite (1912), page 256.

John Muir, naturalist, explorer, writer, and conservationist, was born #onthisday in 1838.

Carleton Watkins made this photo of Yosemite in about 1867. Partly on the strength of Watkins’s photographs, President Abraham Lincoln signed the 1864 bill that declared the valley inviolable, thus paving the way for the National Parks system.

[Yosemite Falls from Below], negative 1865 – 1866; print about 1867, Carleton Watkins. Albumen silver print.

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