SACRAMENTO -- Continuing to honor the preservation legacy of John Muir, the naturalist whose advocacy was instrumental in the creation of the National Park System, Gov. Jerry Brown commemorated today as John Muir Day.
Muir has been accorded many honors in addition to the annual recognition of John Muir Day, originally established by the state Legislature in 1988 on the 150th anniversary of his birth.
His likeness appeared on the state quarter issued by the U.S. Mint in 2004; the California Historical Society in 1976 named Muir as "The Greatest Californian;" and across the state, numerous trails, parks, roads, schools and other places have been named after him.
Muir, a co-founder of the Sierra Club, moved to Martinez when he married Louisa Strentzel in 1880. His home was declared a national historic site in 1964.