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Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

ISBN-10: 0395901472
ISBN-13: 9780395901472
Edition: 2nd 1998
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 8/26/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In the aftermath of the American Civil War, John Muir walked from Indiana across Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida to the Gulf Coast. This record of his travels is a description of the people & natural features he saw on the way.

The naturalist John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11 years old, he moved to the United States with his family and lived on a Wisconsin farm, where he had to work hard for long hours. He would rise as early as one o'clock in the morning in order to have time to study. At the urging of friends, he took some inventions he had made to a fair in Madison, Wisconsin. This trip resulted in his attending the University of Wisconsin. After four years in school, he began the travels that eventually took him around the world. Muir's inventing career came to an abrupt end in 1867, when he lost an eye in an accident while working on one of his mechanical inventions. Thereafter, he focused his attention on natural history, exploring the American West, especially the Yosemite region of California. Muir traveled primarily on foot carrying only a minimum amount of food and a bedroll. In 1880 Muir married Louie Strentzel, the daughter of an Austrian who began the fruit and wine industry in California. One of the first explorers to postulate the role of glaciers in forming the Yosemite Valley, Muir also discovered a glacier in Alaska that later was named for him. His lively descriptions of many of the natural areas of the United States contributed to the founding of Yosemite National Park in 1890. His urge to preserve these areas for posterity led to his founding of the Sierra Club in 1892.

Foreword
Introduction
Kentucky Forests and Caves
Crossing the Cumberland Mountains
Through the River Country of Georgia
Camping among the Tombs
Through Florida Swamps and Forests
Cedar Keys
A Sojourn in Cuba
By a Crooked Route to California
Twenty Hill Hollow
Index

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