There are some individuals whose lives are so full and who have given so much of themselves that a short article might do them no justice at all. Such was John Muir, probably one of the greatest American naturalists and authors, and an early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.
Muir was born on April 21, 1838 in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland. In 1849, his family immigrated to the United States, starting a farm near Portage, Wisc., called Fountain Lake Farm. Recently, it has been designated a National Historic Landmark.