John Muir, Father of the National Park Service

May 28, 1892 John Muir founded the Sierra Club, “to make the mountains glad.” He was the club’s first president. Muir through his writings helped convince the government to establish and protect many national parks such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.

Muir was born in Scotland but died in California. His adventures in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California have been read by many. Muir Woods National Monument celebrates his love of nature and the giant redwood trees.

The California State Quarter honored John Muir by placing him on the reverse side looking over Yosemite Valley. The design was adapted from a concept by Garrett Burke.

The California quarter was the 31st coin to be issued in the statehood series. It is composed of cupro-nickel clad and has a diameter of 24.26mm.

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