‘Man in Glacier’

“In Glacier National Park, remains of the past are not always as difficult to locate. Old snowshoe cabins and ranger stations can be found in many parts of the park; a few old homesteads, including their houses, fences, and outbuildings can still be found; exploration shafts as well as mines, along with the miners’ cabins, recall the mining era, just as rusting oil rigs mark that transitory search; the Swiss-type architecture of the huge park hotels, chalets, and lodges reminds the viewer of a grandeur and style no longer used in contemporary buildings. All of these relics remain as monuments to the people who lived and worked in Glacier and associated this mountainous region with their personal concept of ‘utopia,’ success, and adventure. Only a small group of people ever settled within today’s Glacier Park; even fewer people could be classified as “explorers” of the region; and the number of people active in insuring Glacier’s preservation is even smaller.” — C. W. Buchholtz

C. W. Buchholtz’s “Man in Glacier” has, since its publication in 1976 by the Glacier Association, been the definitive overview for those interested in the history of Glacier National Park.

This 88-page, illustrated 10.9 x 8.3 book includes the following chapters:

The Red Man Roams the Mountains
The White Man Cometh
Explorers and Exploiters
Preservationists, Politicians, and a Park
Producers of a Playground
Guardians of Glacier
Man and Nature in Glacier National Park

As a long-time member of the Glacier Association (formerly The Glacier Natural History Association), I have turned to this book many times for dates, details and yarns about the shining mountains.

Guest post for writers on author Pat Bertram’s blog: “The Place is More Than Scenery.”

Coming December 8: An interview with Helen Macie Osterman, author of the new novel “Notes in a Mirror”