Expansion of John Muir National Historic Site

George Miller is U.S. Representative for California’s 11th congressional district. He has seniority, having been reelected for over 30 years. He’s a Democrat representing the Martinez, CA area.

If you recall, that is where John Muir home is located.  Miller has introduced what should be a rubber stamp bill. It is to expand the John Muir National Historic Site by 44 acres.

Sign sh owing John Muir's background

John Muir’s Legacy

This land is being donated and unless there are substantial negatives, it should go through. I’ve been to the site and on one side are town buildings and to the other hills. There was no word as to what the land would be used for. Muir had a farm there, but he seemed to always be on the road.

The result would be that the Secretary of the Interior could legally take possession to the land. The site is currently managed by the National Park Service.  The house is 10,000 sq ft and was built in 1882.

Muir used a bedroom as his office and he called it his Scribble Den. His wife died in 1905, and Muir in 1914. Their two daughters, Wanda and Helen, later sold the house. NPS has controlled it since 1962. The property is at 4202 Alhambra Ave, Martinez, CA

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Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe.” – Masanobu Fukuoka

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3 Responses to Expansion of John Muir National Historic Site

  1. Maureen L says:

    The place in Alhambra Valley/Martinez was Muir’s father-in-law’s; after he married Louie Strentzel, Muir managed the farm and orchard. His Scots Presbyterian values kicked in, and he became quite interested in making money to support his family. Muir, Louie and their daughters lived in a smaller house on the property at first, and moved to the big house after his in-laws passed.

    Muir’s industrial genius contributed to the farm and house, the hot water system is pretty cool.

    The park service leads full-moon hikes on Mount Wanda (named by Muir for one of his daugthers). They take sign-ups. Gorgeous view of moonrise over Mount Diablo.

    Louie chased Muir back to the outdoors and persistently encouraged his writing.

  2. Brent says:

    He’s a Democrat Rick.

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