John Muir



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In a brief biographical sketch, Muir relates Mr. Parsons' accomplishments with various mountaineering groups, and especially his contributions to the Sierra Club, crediting him with the practical knowledge that made a success of the recently inaugurated annual outing program. In conclusion, Muir writes: "For his unflagging devotion to the lost cause of Hetch Hetchy, he paid a heavy price in strength and health as well as in time and money .... He will be sadly missed and his memory will long be cherished by all the mountaineers of the west as one of the most faithful ofthe faithful." (Other than writing chapters in Travels in Alaska, this appears to be the last article Muir wrote before his death on December 24, 1914.) As a special tribute, Parsons Memorial Lodge was built by Sierra Club members on their property near Soda Springs, Tuolumne Meadows; it is now a part of Yosemite National Park.


Sierra Club Bulletin, v. 9, no. 4,


pp. [219]-221

Edward Taylor Parsons.



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