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Tracking John Muir Through San Marino

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Crowell Public Library

1890 Huntington Drive

San Marino, CA 91108

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The year was 1877 when a young Scottish vagabond named John Muir first arrived in Southern California via steamship in the harbor of Los Angeles. After spending the night at the old Pico Hotel, he sauntered along through the Arroyo Seco to the fledgling City of Pasadena, where he found lodging with a former college classmate. He was soon treated to a buggy ride through the prospering citrus groves of what was to become the City of San Marino. The people he met there and the sights he saw have been carefully recorded through Muir’s writings and in the work of Muir’s friend, pioneering photographer Carlton E. Watkins.

On Monday, October 23 in the Barth Community Room at Crowell Public Library, Ed Andersen will present his findings on John Muir’s travels through the area during those early days. Mr. Andersen is a book collector, historian and board member of the Arcadia Historical Society. He has been tracking John Muir for the past two decades. In addition to Muir’s colorful accounts of the San Gabriel Valley, Mr. Andersen’s presentation will feature Watkins’ invaluable photographs of early San Marino. When looking at history, there is always a “story behind the story,” and this presentation will reveal why Muir visited San Marino so many times during his later life.

In its speakers series, the San Marino Historical Society presents quarterly history talks focusing on topics especially selected for San Marino. No reservations are needed. For information on the San Marino Historical Society call (626) 304-9375 or email smhistorical@earthlink.net.

Come to Crowell Library at 7:00 p.m. on Monday October 23 for a fascinating look at a groundbreaking conservationist.

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