John Muir

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John Muir was born on this day in 1838. Though born in Scotland, Muir later moved to Wisconsin. After an industrial accident in Indianapolis nearly cost him the sight in one of his eyes, he vowed to follow his own interests, and set out on a walk to the Florida Gulf Coast. Muir's thousand mile walk to the Gulf was merely the first of many adventures. He traveled to Cuba, Alaska, and of course California, where he led efforts to create Yosemite National Park, and served as the founding president of the Sierra Club.