Heritage Alaska Cruise: Meet John Muir


John Muir (April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.

John Muir

Muir is one of many real characters brought to life by the Heritage team while cruising through Alaska’s Inside Passage on Alaska’s Golden History Itinerary.

Sail between Ketchikan and Juneau (and reverse) on a 7-night cruise June-August aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy. History comes alive through presentations and skits on board as well as included tours to points of historical interest. View glaciers and wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, and witness firsthand the untouched beauty that John Muir experienced over a century ago.

Margerie Glacier

See the beautiful and massive Margerie Glacier while touring through Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a United States national park and preserve in the Alaska panhandle west of Juneau. Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site-one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From summit to sea, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration.

John Muir visited Glacier Bay in 1879, just prior to the 1880 establishment of Yosemite National Park, Muir's first great cause. Muir came to Alaska to learn about glaciers as a means of understanding the formation of the glaciated landscape of the Yosemite Valley.

Glacier Bay

Sketch map of Glacier Bay in Muir's time

Muir Glacier

Muir's sketch of Muir Glacier

Muir sent dispatches back to San Francisco to be published in the San Francisco Bulletin in both 1879 and 1880, eventually collecting these stories, accounts of his third and fourth trips in 1890 and 1899, and later lectures and articles into the 1915 book Travels in Alaska, promoting Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage. Muir's writings led to the naming of Muir Glacier, then nearly 300 feet tall at tidewater and the most active glacier in the bay.

Meet John Muir (Written by Ryan Downs, read by Kenne Williams)

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