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John Muir

One of the early explorers of southern Alaska was Scottish-born American naturalist John Muir (1838 – 1914). Besides being a well known naturalist, Muir was an accomplished author and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. He dedicated most of his life to preserving western forests and has become known as the "Father of the National Parks" because of his work in petitioning the U.S. Congress to help secure passage of the National Parks bill in 1890. Muir also founded the Sierra Club which is now a major conservation organization. Muir first travelled to Alaska in 1879 and was the first Euro-American to explore Glacier Bay. Muir Glacier was later named after him. He returned for further explorations in Southeast Alaska in 1880 and documented this experience in journal entries and newspaper articles—later compiled and edited into his books "The Cruise of the Corwin" and "Travels in Alaska."

Alaska's Inside Passage Photography  

I had the opportunity to tour Southwest Alaska to photograph the magnificent landscape and wildlife. I cruised on Holland America Line's Oo...

Alaska's Inside Passage Photography  

I had the opportunity to tour Southwest Alaska to photograph the magnificent landscape and wildlife. I cruised on Holland America Line's Oo...

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