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In Muir’s Steps: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of John Muir’s Trek Through Kentucky Part 1

By Bernheim

John Muir, circa 1902

John Muir is perhaps the greatest figure in the history of the American Environmental movement. He earned his reputation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California as an environmental protector who was instrumental in creation of Yosemite National Park.  But few realize that this week marks the 150th anniversary of one of his first major trips abroad, the ‘1000 Mile Walk to the Gulf’ that began in Louisville and went south through the Bernheim area.

To highlight this important event in the history of the environmental movement, Bernheim will commemorate the day with a hike across Bernheim on September 3rd, 150 years since Muir hiked through our area.

Muir began his trek entitled ‘1000 Mile Walk to the Gulf’ on September 1st of 1867. The first leg of his journey took Muir from Indianapolis by train to Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Look for more about his hike on the blog tomorrow, and be sure to follow a live tweet of our hike on Sunday (@bernheimforest).

Read the full series:

Want to learn more? We have three blogs to provide some background and tell John Muir’s story in his own words. Read the others here:

Part 2
Part 3
Live Tweet Recap

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