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Cedar Key in Levy County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

John Muir at Cedar Key

 
 
John Muir at Cedar Key Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, March 6, 2009
1. John Muir at Cedar Key Marker
Inscription. John Muir, noted naturalist and conservation leader, spent several months in Florida in 1867. He arrived at Cedar Key in October, seven weeks after setting out from Indiana on a "thousand-mile walk to the Gulf." Muir's journal account of his adventure, which was published in 1916, two years after his death, includes interesting glimpses of the quality of life in the post-Civil War south. "The traces of war," he wrote, "are not only apparent on the broken fields, mills, and woods ruthlessly slaughtered, but also on the countenances of the people." Florida deeply impressed the twenty-nine year old Muir.

He remembered the "watery and vine-tied" land where "the streams are still young," which he had seen and sampled on his way from Fernandina. It was while recovering from a bout with malaria in Cedar Key that Muir first expressed his belief that nature was valuable for its own sake, not only because it was useful for man. This principle guided John Muir throughout his life. In early 1868, he left Cedar Key and eventually settled in California, where he helped establish the Yosemite National Park and, in 1892, the Sierra Club, which became one of our nation's best known environmental organizations.
 
Erected 1983 by Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club and Department of State. (Marker Number
John Muir at Cedar Key Marker, side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, March 6, 2009
2. John Muir at Cedar Key Marker, side 2
F-303.)
 
Location. 29° 9.048′ N, 83° 2.898′ W. Marker is in Cedar Key, Florida, in Levy County. Marker can be reached from SW 166th Court, in the median. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12231 SW 166th Court, Cedar Key FL 32625, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Atlantic to Gulf Railroad (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rosewood, Florida (approx. 9.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The historical marker is located just outside the Cedar Key Museum building. The restored 1920's house of St. Clair Whitman, founder of the museum, is on premises.
 
Also see . . .  Cedar Key Museum State Park. (Submitted on April 8, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
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The historical marker, with the Whitman house in background image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, March 6, 2009
3. The historical marker, with the Whitman house in background
Some Prehistoric Cultures of Cedar Keys image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, March 6, 2009
4. Some Prehistoric Cultures of Cedar Keys
This Cedar Key Museum display includes potsherds and tools, all from the collection of St. Clair Whitman, founder of the museum. The oldest artifacts were created between 6,000 and 2,000 BC, the most recent ones, as early as 1750 AD.
Civil-War era salt kettle on grounds. image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, March 6, 2009
5. Civil-War era salt kettle on grounds.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,178 times since then and 132 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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