Charlene Duval

Historian and Executive Secretary
Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History Department of History San Jose State University San Jose, CA 95192-0117

Charlene's enthusiasm for the project spurred us to a closer study of Santa Clara County in the years around 1868. She has recently completed a historical assessment of the Coyote area and provided valued historical insight into the region we will be passing through.

Bonnie Gisel

Curator of the LeConte Memorial Lodge, Yosemite, CA

Bonnie is author "Kindred and Related Spirits:"The Letters of John Muir and Jeanne C. Carr", and "Natures Beloved Son". She is a wealth of information about Muir.

Harold Wood

Harold, as well as being an immanent Muir scholar, is webmaster of the John Muir exhibit for the Sierra Club and has provided invaluable help by hosting our web site.

Howard Cooley

Howard is a Muir scholar, and provided valuable information about the historic route through Alameda County.

Robert Bauer

We learned about Robert from his article on John Muir in Twenty Hill Hollow. Robert spent over five years researching everywhere Muir went and everything Muir did after his 1868 visit to Yosemite, when Muir spent time in the Hopeton/Snelling area, before leaving for his "First Summer in the Sierra". Bob has provided the information on the route through the lower foothills.

Sarah Lim

Sarah is the Director of the Merced County Courthouse Museum, and we are grateful for her assistance as we pursued our research regarding the route across the San Joaquin Valley.




The Book Club of California

When we first conceived this project we were awarded a small research grant by the Book Club of California. Their enthusiasm for the project, expressed in dollars and cents, gave us real encouragement to go forward with the project, and begin the daunting task of historical research.

The John Muir Highway

The John Muir Highway is a geotourism project established to honor the legendary naturalist John Muir by creating a geotourism center in Coulterville, CA, and developing visitors’ sites along the Highway 132 route of Muir’s 1868-1870 journeys to Yosemite and the Sierras.

The John Muir Global Network

The John Muir Global Network is a portal to celebrate and encourage environmental protection through the inspiring life of John Muir, the founder of the worldwide conservation movement. The site hosts our web page and has both information and links to many organizations around the world that are devoted in some way to John Muir.

The John Muir Exhibit

The John Muir Exhibit contains a wide variety of resources pertaining to John Muir as naturalist, writer, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club.

John Muir Center at the University of the Pacific

Once we began research, it was the John Muir Center at the University of the Pacific, particularly the director of the center, William Swagerty, which put us in contact with Muir scholars who could help answer our questions about this period of Muir's life. The Center also gave us the entrée to the Holt Atherton Library which holds the John Muir Papers, where with the assistance of Shan Sutton, the Head Librarian, much of our research was done. When we applied for a California Council for the Humanities grant (which we did not receive) The John Muir Center offered to be our fiscal sponsor and provided invaluable help in preparing the application.


Patagonia sponsored our trip by providing rain gear and other appropriate clothing for the ramble. Patagonia is ommitted to the soul of the sport. Committed to grassroots environmental activism. Committed to uncommon culture. Committed to innovative design.

The Yosemite Conservancy

The Yosemite Association is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the support of Yosemite National Park through a program that includes membership, book publishing and sales, outdoor seminars, and visitor services.

John Muir Association

The mission of the John Muir Association is to support the National Park Service in making the John Muir National Historic Site (John Muir's home in Martinez) a center for education, inspiration, and advocacy of the legacy of John Muir.

California Academy of Science

Founded in 1853 as the first scientific institution in the western United States, its mission is to explore, explain, and protect the natural world.