Heroes of the Bob Marshall Wilderness

by John Fraley

foreword by Bill Hodge

published by Farcountry Press

  • Follow author John Fraley as he traces the lives and times of past and present heroes of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, from old-timers like Joe Murphy, to Smoke Elser, and on to the present. Over the past century, these heroes have ridden, packed, and hiked from one end of the Bob to the other, and they’ve helped make the wilderness what it is today.

    You’ll ride along on horse and mule treks and wrecks, and discover the sport of trout wrangling.

    You’ll meet the fluorescent hunter, White River Sue, and the black-clad backpacker.

    You’ll battle packrats, fish-eating deer, tricky bears, and a tree-hugging criminal.

    Sit back and read about a dog rescue, smokejumper adventures, kids raised in the wilderness, and the first study of grizzlies in the Bob.

    Witness a tense moose-lassoing rodeo, and meet a backcountry rooster named Bob Marshall, the first live chicken to attempt a traverse of the Bob.

    The heroes in this book have ridden and hiked hundreds of thousands of miles through the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

    Now, come along with them and celebrate their contributions, their challenges, and their fun times.

296 pages, 6 x 9, 101 b/w photos, 1 illustrations, 2 map(s), index

ISBN 10: 1-56037-774-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-774-0


  • Colorful tales
  • Vivid photos
  • Hear past and present stories





Heroes of the Bob Marshall Wilderness

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John Fraley align= 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 three previous books on Flathead pioneers within Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness: A Woman’s Way West, in 1998, Wild River Pioneers, in 2008 and Rangers, Trappers and Trailblazers in 2018.

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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