Muir Woods National Monument

Marin County, like much of the Northern California coastline, is home to majestic redwood tree groves. Most notably, Muir Woods National Monument. These are some of the oldest living things on the planet!

photos: G.C.

When John Muir learned that William and Elizabeth Kent were naming a redwood forest near San Francisco in his honor, he declared, “This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” The couple had purchased the land to preserve its beauty and restful wilderness; and in 1908, they donated it to the federal governent to protect it from destruction.

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