To my sons,
Brett who saw a bear near St. Mary Falls,
Austin who fed the squirrels at Hidden Lake, and
Jesse who got entirely soaked at Avalanche Lake,
and other hikers of their generation.
The Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the National
Park Service in Denver supplied me with substantial information through
the efforts of Jim Harpster and Regional Director Lynn Thompson. Many
personal friends aided the completion of this study and foremost among
them are Glacier historian Michael J. Ober and my esteemed colleague
Wayne B. Henry. The library staffs at Arapahoe Community College and the
Denver Public Library, Dale Johnson at the University of Montana
Archives, and Lory Morrow at the Montana State Historical Society all
provided assistance. Credit must go to Glacier's Chief Naturalist Ed
Rothfuss for proposing this project and to Jerry De Santo for
encouraging me to undertake it. Many friends in Glacier have willingly
assisted me in collecting information and pictures, but special help was
given by Ranger Doug Erskine. B. Riley McClelland, Dr. James Habeck, Ev
Lundgren, Joan Berry, Martha Sloan, "Tommy" Thomas, Mel Ruder, Paula
Dustin, and Francis Elmore all provided great help. Special thanks are
due to my wife, Marcy, for a year and a half of tolerance.
Curt Buchholtz has previously written a number of articles about the
history of Glacier National Park, including such subjects as
Superintendent Logan, Ranger Frank Liebig, and the problems of use and
Born in Wisconsin and raised on a farm near the rural community of
Poy Sippi, he graduated from Lawrence University and obtained his
master's degree at the University of Montana.
He has worked seasonally in Glacier for the National Park Service in
forestry and fire control since 1963. In the winters he teaches history
at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado.
Francis H. Elmore, Northglenn, Colorado
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Glacier Natural History Association, Inc.
in cooperation with the National Park Service