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John Muir in Indianapolis

 
 
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circa 2004
1. John Muir in Indianapolis Marker
Inscription.  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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
 
Location. 39° 
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July 2, 2004
2. John Muir in Indianapolis Marker
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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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hotel Severin (approx. 0.4 miles away); D.P. Erwin & Company Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); May Wright Sewall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Booth Tarkington (approx. 0.4 miles away); From Dirt & Gravel to Granite & Steel (approx. 0.4 miles away); J.L. "Wes" Montgomery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ernest "Ernie" Pyle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lew Wallace (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2011, by William Hayden of Clarksville, Indiana. This page has been viewed 658 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 15, 2011, by William Hayden of Clarksville, Indiana.   2. submitted on August 19, 2011, by William Hayden of Clarksville, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 3, 2022