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John Muir was a man of great importance in the history of the United States and in the preservation of its beauty His tireless efforts to protect natural wonders such as Yosemite Valley demonstrated his undying love for the outdoors Muir took a stand against the destructive side of civilization in a dauntless battle to save Americas forest lands The trail of preservation that Muir left behind has given countless numbers of people the opportunity to experience natures magnificence John Muir was born on April 21 1838 in the small rural town of Dunbar Scotland As a boy Muir was fond of everything that was wildMy Boyhood and Youth 30 and took great pleasure in the outdoors In 1849 Muir and his family emigrated to Wisconsin to homestead The great forests of Northern United States capti vated him and fueled his desire to learn more Muir later enrolled in courses in chemistry geology and botany at the University of Wisconsin After his education Muir began working in a factory inventing small machines and contraptions However a serious working accident in the factory left Muir temporarily blind When he finally regained his vision he vowed to live life to the fullest and devote everything he had to nature At the age of 29 Muir made a thousand-mile walk from Indianapolis to Florida for the sheer pleasure of being outdoors This experience enlightened Muir and compelled him to extend his travels With his familys blessings his wife and two daughters he began to wander Americas forests mountains valleys and meadows extensively Alone and on foot he filled his notebooks with sketches and descriptions of the plants animals and trees that he loved He later took trips around the world including des tinations such as Europe and South America There he explored the Amazon basin and noted many new plant species In Alaska he became the first white man to see Glacier
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