Helen Muir


Helen Muir


[John Muir]


Daggett, CaliforniaJan. 17 - '08Dear Papa -My horse and Stickeen got here this morning in fine condition. I went for a little ride this morning and Artie's fast springy walk was a joy after the poky little poney. On Artie you dont need to trot or gallop to get anywhere quickly for his walking is worth mention in the Sierra Club. I was so joyfully surprised when Keennie was led to04031 my bedside before I was up, for I hadnt expected them till Monday or Tuesday.I am feeling fine. This is a beautiful day and the air is grand. The larks and the blackbirds are singing. The young trees, and the plants Wanda sent seem fresh and in good condition, so I think they will grow.I am sending a clipping that Mr Lukens sent to you a few days ago, about the redwoods on Tamalpais. Another honor for you.No 3 is late today so I couldnt mail this at noon, but I hope you will get it before you start back so you will know all is well with us, and that we are careful about everything.Your loving daughterHelen Muir work in the field.DEEDS FOREST TO NATION.Tract of Redwoods, 295 Acres in Extent,on Mt. Tamalpais, Will BeCalled "Muir Woods."[BY DIRECT WIRE TO THE TIMES.]WASHINGTON, Jan. 12.--- [Exclusive Dispatch.] William Kent of Chicago, now at Kentfield, Cal., has just deeded to the United States government a tract of land of 295 acres of natural redwood forest on the southern slope of Mount Tamalpais, about six miles from San Francisco. The land was deeded to the government with the approval of Forester Gifford Pinchot, chief of the United States Forest Service.It is the intention to name the national forest "Muir Woods" after John Muir, the noted naturalist. The giants of redwood canon now will be given permanent protection by virtue of the act of June 8, 1906, which provides that objects of scientific interest may be declared national monuments if such action is deemed necessary for their preservation and protection.This 295 acres will be a pleasure [illegible]nd as well as a place for scientific [illegible]y for the people of the whole country04031


Daggett, Calif.

Date Original

1908 Jan 17


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 27.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0101

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