At age 29, just after the Civil War, John Muir walked from Kentucky to Cedar Key, Florida. The story of his walk was published after he died mostly in the form of his journal entries written during the adventure, but also from some of his letters. A thousand-mile walk to the Gulf is actually a wonderful book, hard to put down, and it completely captured my imagination.
That is why I was especially delighted to find myself in Cedar Key for a few hours during a drive across Florida recently. The town has probably changed very little since Muir's visit, though golf cart rentals might have been appreciated then!
Curious to know what, if anything, existed to commemorate Muir's story, I just happened to open the door to the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum, a prominent easy-to-find venue located on a downtown corner.
The guy at the front desk was incredibly welcoming. He was happy to waive the entrance fee and escort me around the front wall, intro the exhibit area, and stand me in front of a large display commemorating John Muir's story.
I wish I'd had time to pay full admission and soak up the entire museum. It's a gem in a jeweled city.
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