(Buske 14) Muir had quite the talent for inventing, he created many devices to help with everyday chores including an alarm clock that would wake him up to see the sunrise everyday. John Frequently displayed his inventions at the Madison state fair where he would achieve some of the highest tier awards
Cox 3for his creativity and potential. (Buske 15) In 1861, prior to his 23rd birthday Muir found himself at the University of Wisconsin showing another one of his new inventions at an inventors conference. Instead of waiting around to earn his award though, John meandered to the admissions office and was immediately enrolled. At first Muir was mainly studying in a preparatory classto make up for his lack of formal schooling. He quickly signed up for a classics course with James Davie Butler, and a natural history course with Ezra Slocum Carr. The three quickly bonded, although none of them had the slightest clue of the influence they would have on Muir. Mr.Carr’s wife, Jean soon became introduced to Muir and they too bonded. (Wood 1994)Mrs.Carr read Muir Emerson's poem, “Woodnotes,” in addition she introduced him to the other works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. These artists inspired John Muir to began writing some of his early essays. (Buske 18) Muir enjoyed his years at the University of Wisconsin, however he was desperately poor during those years, working for whoever toearn however small a payment. When the Civil War had broke out, it had left Muir distressed and in need to a break. He couldn't understand, and therefore was appalled by the absurdness of war, and would become even more distraught after visiting the young men that had been raised in his neighborhood alongside him. Muir was more fearful that he would be called to service because he was more than eligible for it. (Wood 1994)In 1863 Muir decided to start medical school at the University of Michigan, just before setting out on a excursion to collect plant specimens on
Cox 4his way to Canada through indiana and Michigan. John Muir spent four years in between the University of Michigan and Ontario, studying the ecosystems and natural occurrences. (Buske 22) Muir stopped twice during those four years to make some money to fund his expeditions. He would usually try to secure a job at a factory or industry where he would use his inventive talentsto improve production. Unfortunately when working in a metal shop, a file propelled by a moving belt blinded Muir temporarily. (Buske 23) During his recovery Muir decided to dedicate the rest of his life to the natural world by being its guardian and voice. Shortly after recovering John wrote to Mrs.Carr about an article he had read a few months prior to the accident about the wondrous Yosemite Valley, and how he would like nothing more than to experience it for the first time with the Carrs. After tying off loose ends in Michigan, Muir returned to Wisconsin to bid adieu to his family and friends. InSeptember of 1867, Muir compiled his personal belongings and set out on a
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