Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers
Early Adventures in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park

by John Fraley

published by Farcountry Press

  • The North, Middle, and South Forks of the Flathead River drain some of the wildest country in Montana, including Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. In Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers, John Fraley recounts the true adventures of people who earned their living among the mountains and along the cold, clear rivers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Here are the stories of the intrepid Glacier Park Ranger Clyde Fauley and his young family using a cable bucket to reach their isolated cabin across the Middle Fork, trapper Slim Link s fateful meeting with a grizzly bear in the deep woods of the North Fork, and the life and times of Henry Thol, the ranger s ranger, who happily snowshoed hundreds of miles through deep snows and minus-40 cold to patrol the South Fork wilderness. Tragedies and near-misses abound: a fatal shootout, tangles with bears and packrats, a devastating train wreck, and a missing airplane. But these are balanced with tales of courage, endurance, and remarkable personal achievement. Fraley tells all in intriguing detail wrested from primary sources.

280 pages, 6 x 9 , 32 softcovers per case, Perfect Bound

ISBN 10: 1560377321
ISBN 13: 9781560377320


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Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers
Early Adventures in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park

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John Fraley came to Montana as a teenager to attend the University of Montana, where he received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. He continued his education at Montana State University and received an M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management. John worked for the state wildlife agency for nearly forty years, mostly in the forks of the Flathead; he retired in 2017. For thirty-two years he has served as an adjunct instructor at Flathead Valley Community College where he teaches wildlife conservation and other courses. John has written two previous books on Flathead pioneers within Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness: A Woman’s Way West, in 1998, and Wild River Pioneers, in 2008. Over the years, he has written numerous magazine articles on the history of the Flathead. John’s wife, Dana, and children, Kevin, Heather, and Troy, continue to share with him a love of wandering around the backcountry of the three forks of the Flathead.

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