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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Founding of the Sierra Club

On a Spring day in 1892, a group of 29 academics, artists, and environmentalists gathered in a spacious law office at the First National Bank Building in San Francisco to form a “Sierra Club” that would “explore, enjoy, and render accessible the mountain regions of the Pacific Coast.” In the organization’s founding charter, they wrote that the Club would also serve to help “enlist the support and cooperation of the people and government in preserving the forests and other natural features of the Sierra Nevada.”

In the 124 years that have passed since the Sierra Club’s historic founding, the once-29-member club has become the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization, with over two million members and supporters.

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