In a move that must have wilderness champion John Muir “rolling over in his grave”, the Mariposa and Tuolumne County Boards of Supervisors have agreed to honor John Muir by designating Highway 132 from Highway 49 in Coulterville to Highway 120 as the John Muir Highway.
A formal dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010 in Coulterville at 11 a.m. with John Muir’s great grandson, Bill Hanna and John Muir impressionist, Lee Stetson. A permanent John Muir exhibit is expected to be announced at the event which will be housed at the Northern Mariposa Museum in Coulterville.
Personally, I think naming a road “in honor” of a man who fought so hard against the destruction and urbanization of wild places is in poor taste and a shameless media ploy. I think John Muir’s name would be better served if they took the money for the event and the signs they’ll undoubtedly be putting up all along the road and set up a scholarship for kids so they can go to college to study environmental stewardship.