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John Muir National Historic Site's spacious and eclectic mansion invites visitors to explore Muir's accomplishments at the National Park Service.


The park preserves the 14-room Victorian mansion where the naturalist John Muir lived from 1890 until his death in 1914. While living in Martinez, Muir accomplished many things: he fought to prevent Yosemite National Park from damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley, served as the first president and one of the founders of the Sierra Club, played a prominent role in the creation of several national parks, and wrote hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and several books on the virtues of conservation and conservation. Muir's work laid the foundations for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.




The mansion was built in 1883 by Dr. John Strentzel, Muir's father-in-law, with whom Muir became a partner, managing his 2,600 acre (1,100 ha) fruit ranch. Muir and his wife, Louisa, moved to the house in 1890 and lived there until his death in 1914.


Alhambra Trestle

In 1897, for a sum of $10, Muir and Louisa gave way to the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railroads. The document describes the land on which the Alhambra Trestle is located. The railroad was completed in 1900 and used by the Muirs to ship their fruit.

Running in Park


While living here, Muir realized many of his greatest accomplishments, co-founding and serving as the first president of the Sierra Club, in the wake of his struggle to prevent Yosemite National Park's Hetch Valley from being dammed, playing a prominent role in the creation of several national parks, writing hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and several books on the virtues of C. The home contains Muir's "scribble den," as he called his study, and his original desk, where he wrote about many of the ideas that underlie the modern conservation movement.


A magnificent trail leading to deep history, the Hulet Hornbeck Trail connects the Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline and the home of the John Muir National Historic Site, home to his home from 1890 until his death in 1914. John Muir plays a major role in influencing the East Bay Regional Park District through his love of nature and the preservation of rich parkland.


The Father of our National Parks, John Muir, spiritually integrated with nature, was born in Scotland on April 21, 1838. His love of nature rejected the whole theory of civilization and valued liberation. Muir has believed in environmentalism. His constant contact with nature, wild landscapes and creatures spiritually linked to the wilderness. The thrilling mountains of California soon became his home, an area that had long been cherished by Indians, Spanish and Anglo-Americans.


Muir married Louie Strentzel in 1880 at the age of 42 and lived on a fruit ranch in Martinez. Enriched with joyful history, the Alhambra Valley of Martinez was the best place for Muir to start his family. He worked in the vineyards that his father-in-law, Dr. John Strentzel, had begun in 1853. There were over 1,000 varieties of fruit, nuts and grapes that Dr. Strentzel had experimented with in the Alhambra Valley and won a state award for the delightful white wine still produced in his vineyard. Muir was his proud son-in-law who shared the same love of nature. Muir played a key role in preserving our land and heritage, which has now become a vast national park system. Not only that, he influenced many of the founders of EBRPD.

Martinez, California is blessed with so many wonderful parks you don’t want to miss:

  • Cappy Ricks Park

  • Foothills Park

  • Golden Hills Park

  • Hidden Lakes Park

  • Hidden Valley Park

  • Highland Avenue Park

  • Holiday Highlands Park

  • Waterfront Park   


All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location located at 111 Arthur Road in Martinez, CA 94553! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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