John Muir in Indianapolis
Born 1838 in Dunbar, Scotland, Muir moved to the U.S. with his family, settling in Wisconsin 1849. As a youth, he became interested in nature and mechanical inventions. He attended the University of Wisconsin and was consumed with an interest in botany. In 1866, he came to Indianapolis and worked at a carriage materials factory located here.
Following a severe eye injury, Muir left Indianapolis September 1867 to begin extensive travels, which ended in California March 1868. His deep friendship with Catharine Merrill and others, however, resulted in a lifelong connection with Indianapolis. Muir co-founded the Sierra Club 1892 and was president until he died December 24, 1914.
Erected 2004 by Installed: 2004 Indiana Historical Bureau, Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter, and Various Donors. (Marker Number 49.2004.2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 45.522′ N, 86° 9.609′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of South Illinois Street and W. Merrill St., in the median on South Illinois Street. Click for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indianapolis Times (approx. half a mile away); Griffith Block (approx. 0.6 miles away); Holy Rosary - Danish Church Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bowen-Merrill Fire / Indianapolis Fire Department (approx. 0.6 miles away); Calvin Fletcher (approx. 0.6 miles away); Indiana State House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Here, Abraham Lincoln Said (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lincoln to the Citizens of Indiana (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Indianapolis.
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