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Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

John Muir... The Woodcutter

 
 
John Muir... The Woodcutter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2013
1. John Muir... The Woodcutter Marker
Captions: (lower left) In the shadow of Yosemite Falls, Muir lived in a “hang nest,” a boxy retreat he attached to the sawmill; (right of the photograph of John Muir) “As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glacier and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” – John Muir; (relief on left) Muir was instrumental in getting his beloved Yosemite and several other national park established. In 1892 he became the founding president of the Sierra Club.
Inscription. In 1869, innkeeper James Hutchings hired a young wilderness explorer named John Muir to rebuild and operate his sawmill. Muir worked here for almost two years, milling trees blown down in a storm to build improvements at Hutchings’ Yosemite Valley hotel. During his Yosemite years, Muir became an outspoken proponent of America’s wild places.

Remains of the Millrace
This 1940 photograph (to the right) shows the channel that was dug to divert water from Yosemite Creek, possibly to power the sawmill or irrigate Hutchings’ apple trees. Directly below, you can see what may be the remains of this millrace.
 
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
 
Location. 37° 45.01′ N, 119° 35.683′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker can be reached from Northside Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ahwahneechee (approx. ¼ mile away); James Hutchings (approx. 0.3 miles away); Early Tourism (approx. 0.3 miles away); Yosemite Valley (approx.
John Muir... The Woodcutter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, June 2008
2. John Muir... The Woodcutter Marker
0.4 miles away); A Home for Rangers (approx. half a mile away); The Old Yosemite Village (approx. half a mile away); The Story of Half Dome (approx. half a mile away); Reawakening the Meadow (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, east of the bridge over Yosemite Falls Creek.
 
Categories. EnvironmentNotable Places
 
John Muir... The Woodcutter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2013
3. John Muir... The Woodcutter Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California.   3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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