John Muir (1838-1914) was born in Scotland but grew up in the backwoods of Wisconsin. From the age of 11 to 21 he worked on his father's farm, where he developed a love for nature and animals. Muir received no formal schooling during this time but taught himself math, geometry, literature and philosophy. He became especially interested in poetry and botany. In 1905-1906, while living in Adamana, Arizona, Muir explored the Petrified Forest region and discovered the "Blue Forest" of petrified wood. He wrote a letter to President Theodore Roosevelt asking him to protect it. Muir is also given credit for helping to save the Grand Canyon.
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