Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation

Protecting and Preserving All Life -- By Extending Human Vision

John Muir

John Muir is both a legend and the reality of a man who went in search of nature and made its preservation his life's mission.  This is the first page of a longer story leading to a better understanding of the elites who still control American today.  The oral history below is interesting.  Keep the name of the woman speaking, Shirley Sargent, in mind.  

Oral History on John Muir

Interview: Shirley Sargent
Title: John Muir Observance at Yosemite National Park [sound recording] : tape recording of event :/ Shirley Sargent.
Interviewee: Sargent, Shirley
Recording Location: Yosemite Nat'l Park, CA
Date Recorded: April 1972




John Muir's last book
Photos by Pillsbury


For about 50 years The Yosemite was not re-released by the Sierra Club.  When it was the Pillsbury photos had been removed. This is exactly what was done in dozens of other places to extinguish the memory of Arthur C. Pillsbury, who knew John Muir well and was also a Preservationist.

John Muir believed he had saved the Hetch Hetchy when he left for the extended journey planned for him, a gift, though I have not been able to identify the group or individual who financed the eight-month odyssey which took Muir out of contact with what was happening regarding Hetch Hetchy.  
   First, he would journey up the Amazon in South America.  Then, he would take ship for Africa, arriving home to discover the Hetch-Hetchy was lost.  
     If Muir had not been offered this 'gift' it is more than likely he would have been persuaded to use the new-fangled films which Pillsbury offered him.  So Muir had to be put beyond communication with those who stood with him on preserving the Hetch Hetchy.  
     Even today the Sierra Club ignores this clear cause and effect.  From the Sierra Club site.

Muir speaking:    "I am now writing up some notes, but when they will be ready for publication I do not know.... It will be a long time before anything is arranged in book form."
Michael P. Branch:   "These words of John Muir, written in June 1912 to a friend, proved prophetic. The journals and notes to which the great naturalist and environmental figure was referring have languished, unpublished and virtually untouched, for nearly a century. Until now. Here edited and published for the first time, Muir's travel journals from 1911-12, along with his associated correspondence, finally allow us to read in his own words the remarkable story of John Muir's last great journey.​"

Michael P. Branch writing:        The 1911-12 journals and correspondence reproduced in this volume allow us to travel with him up the great Amazon, into the jungles of southern Brazil, to snowline in the Andes, through southern and central Africa to the headwaters of the Nile, and across six oceans and seas in order to reach the rare forests he had so long wished to study. Although this epic journey has received almost no attention from the many commentators on Muir's work, Muir himself considered it among the most important of his life and the fulfillment of a decades-long dream.
      John Muir's Last Journey provides a rare glimpse of a Muir whose interests as a naturalist, traveler, and conservationist extended well beyond the mountains of California. It also helps us to see Muir as a different kind of hero, one whose endurance and intellectual curiosity carried him into far fields of adventure even as he aged, and as a private person and family man with genuine affections, ambitions, and fears, not just an iconic representative of American wilderness.


       With an introduction that sets Muir's trip in the context of his life and work, along with chapter introductions and a wealth of explanatory notes, the book adds important dimensions to our appreciation of one of America's greatest environmentalists. John Muir's Last Journey will be must reading for students and scholars of environmental history, American literature, natural history, and related fields, as well as for naturalists and armchair travelers everywhere."


by Michael P. Branch is associate professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, co-founder of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, and co-editor of The Height of Our Mountains (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998) and Reading the Earth(University of Idaho Press, 1998).


Melinda Pillsbury-Foster - The obvious reason for ignoring Muir's last journey is clearly because he would not have gone, under any circumstances, if he had realized that in his absence the Hetch Hetchy would be lost.  His happy notes read very differently when placed beside a defeat with killed him. 

The Conspiracy to Use and Control John Muir
The Reason Sierra Club was Founded