|NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Civil War Era, Journalists, Also of Interest|
Joaquin Miller Cabin, Rock Creek Park,
Miller, the "Poet of the Sierras," built his modest log cabin atop Meridian Hill in the late 1860s, now the site of Malcolm X Park. The Park Service later moved it to this location in Rock Creek Park.
Miller was the pen name of Cincinnatus Heine Miller. He was a colorful character who published essays and over twenty books of poems, including Specimens (1869), Songs of the Sierras (1871), Songs of the Soul (1896), and 49: The Gold Seekers of the Sierras (1910). He worked at various times as a mining-camp cook, lawyer, journalist, Pony Express rider, and was once jailed as a horse thief.
Author photo courtesy of Library of Congress.