John Muir

The Awahnee Tavern – Where President Theodore Roosevelt Had Lunch On His Way To See John Muir

The Awahnee Tavern was originally owned by Franklin Dennis, and would pass along to various owners in a short period of time. The Awahnee Tavern is a site where President Theodore Roosevelt had lunch on his way to meet John Muir for their hiking trip in Yosemite. Other famous individuals such as Susan B. Anthony, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Crown Prince Albert of Belguim also visited the tavern.

The tavern is currently abandoned and a historical marker indicates the site.

John Muir

John Muir’s Gravesite In Martinez, California

In 1883, author and naturalist John Muir moved to his last home in Martinez, California after it’s construction was completed by San Francisco based architects Wolfe and Son, whom were hired by John Muir’s father-in-law. The Victorian style home was three stories tall and 10,000 square foot in size.

Muir was buried, along with his wife, children and in-laws, in a plot about a mile from the site of the Victorian home. These lands are all part of the present day John Muir National Historic Site.

Author’s Note:

John Muir hiked with former United States President Theodore Roosevelt for three days within the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains and for another three days within Mariposa Grove, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. Relatives of Theodore Roosevelt have come to the gravesite of John Muir to give re-enactments of his eulogy during the anniversity of John Muir’s funeral on December 28th, 1914.

John Muir with Theodore Roosevelt at Yosemite in 1903.
John Muir, President Theodore Roosevelt Junior

Henry Coe State Park’s Exhibit On President Theodore Roosevelt’s Visit To The Redwoods In The Santa Cruz Mountains

President Theadore Roosevelt visited Santa Cruz, California to meet with conservationist John Muir and to see the local redwood trees within the present day Henry Coe State Park. During Roosevelt’s hike with John Muir the secret service lost track of the President for three days.

President Roosevelt’s favorite tree from his visit has been nicknamed “The Roosevelt Tree”.

One of the redwood trees that the president saw regularly had business cards and other flyers posted on its bark. Seeing this modification of an ancient tree promoted the president to give an impromptu speech.

Author’s Note:

Photos of Theodore Roosevelt’s visit to the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains may be viewed personally at the Henry Coe State Park’s visitor center.