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From the EDITOR’S Desk: Muir Fest celebrates area’s beauty

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By Hugh Willett

The Muir Fest at Fort Southwest Point tomorrow will commemorate the passage through Roane County 150 years ago of naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir.

The view from Walden Ridge looking out over the Tennessee River Valley prompted Muir to write that the region was the most beautiful place he had ever seen.

Muir was in the early stages of his 1,000-mile walk to the Gulf when he forded the Emory and Clinch rivers to enter Kingston in September 1867. If he stayed longer than it took to mail some plant specimens, he didn’t write about it in his journal.


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