Glacier Centennial Activities

Grinnell Glacier near Many Glacier Hotel
from the Glacier National Park Centennial Committee

Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 8 PM (park entrance fee required) More than Just a Pretty Place (interpretive program) Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium, Glacier National Park, MT
406-888-7939. Focus: Glacier National Park’s geology and history.

Wednesday-Friday, July 14, 15, and 16, 2010 (registration required) Traversing the International Peace Park Glacier Institute Course, Glacier National Park, MT Join the Glacier Institute for a first-hand understanding of the international, cross border dimensions of park management. Learn how park managers cooperate across the border on resource protection, scientific research, search and rescue, visitor services and interpretation. We will discuss the peace park as the ecological core of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem.

Monday-Saturday, July 19-25, 2010
Columbia Falls Centennial Heritage Days
Columbia Falls, MT
A multi-day annual celebration of the regional heritage. This year, Heritage Days will kick off with an opening ceremony at Marantette Park in Columbia Falls on July 19, at noon. The Joe Cosley exhibit (past Glacier National Park Ranger) will be unveiled on July 23 at 6:30 PM at Discovery Square. The centennial parade will kick off at 11 AM on July 24th on Nucleus Ave.

Tuesday-Monday, July 20-25, 2010 (membership required) Glacier Mountaineering Society Centennial Summit Glacier National Park, MT An official Glacier National Park Centennial mountaineering event to promote awareness of the spectacular natural diversity to be found beyond the roads and trails of Glacier National Park. The event consists of climbing various peaks throughout the week of July 19-25, 2010, a trail work day, and a luncheon.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM (park entrance fee required) Where have all the glaciers gone?
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, MT 406-732-7740 What is a glacier, anyway??? What is the relationship between the Ice Age glaciers and our present small glaciers? What is the relationship between climate and Montana’s current glaciers? What does the future hold for Glacier National Park’s glaciers? Meet a ranger in the lobby of the Many Glacier Hotel. Some walking and stairs will be involved.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 8 PM (park entrance fee required) Josephine Doody (living history program) Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium, Glacier National Park, MT
Feisty, ferocious, freewheeling – she was called the Bootleg Lady of Glacier. Josephine fell in love with the rugged pioneer life, and together with her husband Dan, worked their homestead on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, hunted mountain lions with their Airedale dogs, and peddled Josephine’s legendary moonshine to other hardy Glacier settlers.

from the Glacier Park Foundation

A reunion of Many Glacier Hotel employees has been scheduled for July 29 – August 1. Tentative schedule:

Thursday – sign in, meet & greet
Friday – hiking, Hootenany in the evening
Saturday – hiking, group dinner (Johnsons)
Sunday – free day, Serenade in the evening

Every purchase of this mountain adventure novel set in Swiftcurrent Valley, the Belly River Valley and Chief Mountain benefits the Glacier National Park centennial committee.

Glacier Park Centennial: Josephine Doody

Josephine Doody (1853-1936) was a moonshiner, mountain lion hunter, and a McCarthyville, Montana dance hall girl. Known as the “Bootleg Lady of Glacier National Park,” she married one of the park’s first rangers and fur trappers, Dan Doody. A mountain in the park is named for him, and Lake Josephine might be named for her or a mule.

McCarthyville was a railroad boom town on the Great Northern Railway line at Marias Pass. The town attracted the usual low lifes who follow railroad builders. Life centered around Slippery Bill’s Saloon. According to historian Jack Holterman, the hospital’s doctor was so bad “you never knew how many men had died until the spring thaw.”

Doody pulled her rifle on the railway man in charge of the town and persuaded him to get the town under control. He did. Reportedly, Josephine was wanted for shooting a man, possibly in self defense, down in Colorado where the law was looking for her. She hid out in Dan’s cabin until the whole mess blew over.

The Great Northern built a siding on Josephine and Dan’s ranch so Jim and Louis Hill’s private car could stop. The Hill family loved the little woman with her great cooking, rough language and big earrings. Meanwhile, Dan was one of those rangers who did a little trapping and poaching within the confines of the park he was being paid to police.

Josephine operated several stills on that ranch; railroaders knew to stop their trains there and blow the whistle once for each quart of refreshment they needed.

John Fraley writes about Josephine in his book Wild River Pioneers. “She was an incredible woman who lived across the Middle Fork, in a remote area, at one point she didn’t see another woman for seven years, she was a bootlegger, that’s why she’s called the Bootleg Lady of Glacier Park,” Fraley said.