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John Muir died on Christmas Eve of 1914, but his gravesite is finally just opening up to the public now. In honor of this occasion, we’ll take a look at a side of “the father of America’s National Parks” that’s not widely known — his life in Contra Costa County. This episode features interviews with John Muir Historic Site park rangers who share stories of Muir’s local adventures, his family and why he was often spotted carrying “pillowcases full of money.”

For more info on visiting Muir’s grave: www.nps.gov/jomu/index.htm 

John Muir’s house in Martinez, 2017 [Photo: Liam O’Donoghue]
John Muir’s tombstone, 2017. [Photo: Liam O’Donoghue]

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