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

President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site

Yosemite National Park

 
 
Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 9, 2009
1. Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Marker
Inscription.  
On this site President Theodore Roosevelt sat beside a campfire with John Muir on May 17, 1903 and talked forest good. Muir urged the President to work for preservation and priceless remnants of America’s wilderness. At this spot one of our country’s foremost conservationists received great inspiration.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 17, 1903.
 
Location. 37° 42.943′ N, 119° 39.578′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Southside Drive south of El Portal Road /Northside Drive, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located in a small turnout at Fern Spring south of the Pahona Bridge which crosses the Merced River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this
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marker, measured as the crow flies. Disappearing Waterfalls (approx. half a mile away); Glaciers at the Gate (approx. 0.7 miles away); El Capitan (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Varied View (approx. ¾ mile away); A View Through Time (approx. ¾ mile away); Rewards of Travel (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Journey to Yosemite (approx. 2.9 miles away); Waterfalls of Yosemite Valley (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
 
Also see . . .  Theodore Roosevelt - In Yosemite with John Muir. Sierra Club website entry:
"When I first visited California, it was my good fortune to see the "big trees," the Sequoias, and then to travel down into the Yosemite, with John Muir. Of course of all people in the world he was the one with whom it was best worth while thus to see the Yosemite. He told me that when Emerson came to California he tried to get him to come out and camp with him, for that was the only way in which to see at their best the majesty and charm of the Sierras. But at the time Emerson was getting old and could not go." - Source: Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography (1913). Excerpted from Chapter IX. Outdoors and Indoors (Submitted on February 22, 2013.) 
 
President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 18, 2013
2. President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site Marker
Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, November 24, 2013
3. Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir Marker
Water Running From Fern Spring image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 9, 2009
4. Water Running From Fern Spring
Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, November 24, 2013
5. Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir Marker
Back of marker; looking across meadow.
<i>Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir on Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, California, in 1903</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Underwood and Underwood, 1903
6. Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir on Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, California, in 1903
Roosevelt is on the left, Muir on the right, and Yosemite Falls are in the background. The location of this photo is only a few miles from the marker site, as the crow flies, but for hikers it would be a very long and strenuous day hike. (Photo provided courtesy of the Library of Congress).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,692 times since then and 21 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week May 21, 2023. Photos:   1. submitted on May 23, 2023, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   2. submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   3. submitted on November 30, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   4. submitted on January 27, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on November 30, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   6. submitted on February 22, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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