Letters From Alaska

John Muir

John Muir

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

146 pages | 14 halftones, 3 maps | 6 x 9
Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9781602230552 Published May 2009

John Muir (1838–1914), founder of the Sierra Club, was one of the most famous and influential environmental conservationists of all time. From 1879 to 1880 Muir traveled the waters of southeastern Alaska in a Tlingit Indian dugout canoe and reported his encounters in a series of letters published in the San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin. Collected here are Muir’s original letters, bearing the immediacy and candor of his best work and providing a rare account of southeastern Alaska history, alongside breathtaking observations of glaciers and the untamed landscape. Through Muir we encounter gold miners, rogue towns, Taku Inlet, Glacier Bay, profiles of Tlingit Indians, and the infancy of the tourist industry. This collection of work by one of America’s foremost naturalists provides a magnificent look into early conservationist thought and one individual’s encounter with nature.

Contents

The Trip of 1879

A Rough Passage

For Wrangel, Alaska

North from Fort Wrangel

Baird Glacier

An Abandoned Indian Village

Southeast Alaska’s Climate

Discovery of Glacier Bay

Alaska Gold Mines

 

The Trip of 1880

Return to Fort Wrangel

Revisiting Last Year’s Explorations

A Canoe Voyage Among the Islands and Icebergs

Exploring Endicott Arm

Shooting the Rapids

Among the Glaciers, Cascades, and Yosemite Rocks

Takuk Inlet: A Perfect Day

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