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John Muir (1838–1914), founder of the Sierra Club, was one of the most famous and influential environmental conservationists of all time. From 1879 to 1880 Muir traveled the waters of southeastern Alaska in a Tlingit Indian dugout canoe and reported his encounters in a series of letters published in the San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin. Collected here are Muir’s original letters, bearing the immediacy and candor of his best work and providing a rare account of southeastern Alaska history, alongside breathtaking observations of glaciers and the untamed landscape. Through Muir we encounter gold miners, rogue towns, Taku Inlet, Glacier Bay, profiles of Tlingit Indians, and the infancy of the tourist industry. This collection of work by one of America’s foremost naturalists provides a magnificent look into early conservationist thought and one individual’s encounter with nature.
|Publisher:||University of Alaska Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Robert Engberg has studied Muir's life for some thirty years. He is coeditor of John Muir to Yosemite and Beyond and John Muir Summering in the Sierra. Bruce D. Merrell is Alaska bibliographer for Anchorage Municipal Libraries and president of the Alaska Historical Society.
Table of Contents
The Trip of 1879
A Rough Passage
For Wrangel, Alaska
North from Fort Wrangel
An Abandoned Indian Village
Southeast Alaska’s Climate
Discovery of Glacier Bay
Alaska Gold Mines
The Trip of 1880
Return to Fort Wrangel
Revisiting Last Year’s Explorations
A Canoe Voyage Among the Islands and Icebergs
Exploring Endicott Arm
Shooting the Rapids
Among the Glaciers, Cascades, and Yosemite Rocks
Takuk Inlet: A Perfect Day