Historic Glacier National Park: The Stories Behind One of America's Great Treasures

Historic Glacier National Park: The Stories Behind One of America's Great Treasures

by Randi Minetor

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Historic Glacier National Park captures the most interesting moments in the park’s history, the slices of life in northwestern Montana that provide an idea of what life was like for those who chose to explore this gloriously beautiful snowy corner of the United States. There’s the presence of Native Americans in nearly every aspect of the park’s history, the significant influence of the Great Northern Railway as a leader as the park gained its footing, and people who made history in this astonishing Rocky Mountain landscape. Once Congress decided to make Glacier a national park, developers created hotels, chalets, campgrounds, residences, and the most spectacularly scenic road in the United States. Historic Glacier National Park provides just enough of this rich history to make the experience of visiting the park better than expected.

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ISBN-13: 9781493018086
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 557,496
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Randi Minetor has written over twenty books for Globe Pequot Press, including five books on New York hiking in the Best Easy Day Hikes series, Backyard Birding: A Guide to Attracting and Identifying Birds, Hiking Waterfalls New York (FalconGuides), Scenic Routes & Byways New York, and Day Trips Hudson River Valley. He lives in Rochester, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Glaciers: Then, Now, and Forever 1

The First People to See Glacier 11

Lewis and Clark and the Very Bad Day 21

The Trouble with Treaties: Hellgate, Fort Benton, and the Swan Valley Massacre 27

Hugh Monroe and the Hudson's Bay Company 43

The Search for a Passable Pass 55

See America First: The Great Northern Railway 63

The Cattle (And Mining) Queen of Montana 79

George Bird Grinnell Discovers a Glacier 91

Rugged Rangering: A 1913 Winter's Story 100

Lyman Sperry and the Last of the Firsts 109

Creating an Engineering Masterpiece: Going-to-the-Sun Road 117

The Path of the Civilian Conservation Corps 132

Days and Nights of the Grizzlies 143

Fighting Fire the Old-Fashioned Way 160

References 179

Index 190

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