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American Plains Bison
Rewilding an Icon
by James A. Bailey
published by James A. Bailey
- For many, plains bison are the embodiment of wildness and the pre-settlement American West. After millennia of evolution through natural selection, however, the species was nearly wiped out, only to be subjected to domestication for more than 100 years. Domestication alters the bison genome through inbreeding, crossing with cattle genes, shrinking genetic diversity and artificial selection. These forces continue to replace natural selection and valued wild characteristics of bison. Does the future hold only continued domestication for plains bison in the United States? With a view from over 50 years in the profession of wildlife biology, Bailey probes this and other questions inThe American Plains Bison: Rewilding an Icon. The book presents his original and lively analysis of 44 conservation bison herds on native range in the United States. He focuses upon the gray area between wildness and domestication and sheds light on domesticating practices of Native American and government agencies, as well as commercial bison producers. He challenges the profession of wildlife management to expand its views on manipulating wildlife populations. For bison, Bailey makes a strong case for creating large reserves to restore wild bison and their natural contributions to our grassland ecosystems.
AS I REMEMBER
Vol. I & Vol. II
Stories of Eastern Montana's Early Settlers
As told to Mrs. Morris (Gladys) Kauffman
In 1964, during Montana's territorial centennial celebration, Mrs. Kauffman noticed the dwindling numbers of the pioneers who had settled Eastern Montana. Someone really should record their stories!
Although she had 9 children, the youngest still a baby, she set out to interview as many settlers as possible. Over the next 10 years she recorded the stories of over 160 pioneers and published those stories in the local newspaper, the Ranger Review.
vol. 1 $14.95
vol. 2 $15.00
Badlands of the High Plains
photography by Chuck Haney
An appreciation, in color photography, of the subtle and dramatic beauties of the badlands of the northern plains.
Included are: The Monuments, Toadstool Geological Park, Oglala National Grasslands, and Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska; Badlands National Park, South Dakota; Little Missouri National Grasslands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota; Hells Half Acre and Vedauwoo Rocks, Wyoming; Wild and Scenic Missouri River, Missouri Breaks, Makoshika State Park, Medicine Rocks State Park, Terry Badlands, and Jerusalem Rocks, Montana; Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta.
The Fence That Changed the West
Author: Joanne Liu
In a style that will capture the interest of adult and teen readers, Barbed Wire: The Fence That Changed the West reveals the surprisingly critical role the invention of barbed wire played in the settling of America. From the legal battles over barbed wire patents to the brutal fencing wars that erupted on the frontier and the ultimate end of the open range, author Joanne Liu tells the fascinating story of how a simple twist of wire transformed a country’s landscape and ushered in a new way of life.
Bedside Book of Bad Girls
Outlaw Women of the American West
Author: Michael Rutter
Much has been written about the outlaws of the American West, from jesse James to Butch Cassidy. But what about the western women who chose to pick up a Colt and take on the law?
Autor and historian Michael Rutter profiles twenty-one of these pistol-packin' women. Meet Kate Bender, who brutally murdered as many as thirty people in Kansus, including children, and burried them in her family's orchard; Laura Bullion, the only woman to participate in a Wild Bunch train robbery; and Madam Vestal, a one-time Confederate spy who organized the famous Deadwood stagecoach robberies. Witness the execution of Elizabeth Potts and Ellen Watson, the First women hanged in Nevada and Wyoming.
Bleed, Blister, and Purge
A History of Medicine on the American Frontier
Author: Volney Steele, M.D.
Lewis and Clark treated fevers with pills caled "thunderclappers," a strong laxative. Mining camp "soiled doves" may have used opium as birth control. Pioneers sometimes applied fresh cow manure to snakebites. And nineteenth-century doctors recommended soaking in natural hot springs for alcohol and drug addiction. These are just a few of the remedies - some effective, some not - described in Bleed, Blister, and Purge. Yet this book is much more than a summary of peculiar medical practices of the past. Dr. Volney Steele wrote Bleed, Blister, and Purge "to shed light on and celebrate the dedication and humanitarianism of those many physicians, nurses, shamans, and people of sound practical sense who saw their patients - often friends and family - through the adversities that bedeviled them."
$18.00 (OUT OF STOCK)
The Horse Who Helped Build the Great Railroad
Author: Shirley Raye Redmond
Learn all about the building of the world's first transcontinental railroad through the true story of Blind Tom, a sightless workhorse who contributed in his own way to this important part of American history.
Tom was blind, but because of his strength and spirit, he was chosen to be the lead horse for the Union Pacific line. Stalwartly pulling his heavy load through rain, mud, and snow, he was the pride of the UP. He even became a minor celebrity as reporters picked up the story of the intrepid blind horse. With its engaging narrative and striking illustrations, Blind Tom will delight animal lovers of all ages.
Boudoirs to Brothels
The Intimate World of Wild West Women
by Michael Rutter
- Come peek between the covers for an intimate look at the lives of women of the Old West. Once “fallen” or widowed, a woman had few options and almost none that were socially acceptable. Many turned to the red light district to survive.
A Boy & His Plane
Boy Genius, Inventor, Dirigible Pilot, and Aviator: Cromwell Dixon
For nearly a century, the accomplishments of a bold and audacious young aviator named Cromwell Dixon have been lost to history. But with the approaching 100th anniversary of his record-setting flight in 2011—and his violent and untimely death—the life story of this remarkable prodigy is finally emerging.
Hailed as a mechanical genius in 1907 at the age of 13, teenage inventor Cromwell Dixon built and flew airships in Ohio before signing on with the famous Glenn Curtiss in New York and flying the world’s first airplanes. At the time, he was youngest licensed pilot in the nation.
At age 19, Dixon became the first pilot in history to fly over the Continental Divide. He made the landmark flight over the Rocky Mountains near Helena, Montana, in 1911, a triumph that made news around the country. Just two days later, while performing an exhibition flight for the state fair in Spokane, Washington, a sudden and violent crash took young Dixon’s life.
Like the tale of Icarus, Dixon’s story is one of great daring, accomplishment, and tragedy.
The Casebook of Sheriff Pete Benson
by John S. Fitzpatrick
Pete Benson was a big-city police detective. His job was intense, dangerous, and 24/7.
He loved it.
But he also had a loving wife and two young children he hardly saw.
So he made a choice.
Now Sheriff Pete Benson patrols Rhyolite County, Montana. His beat is bigger than some states, but it’s beautiful country with tall mountains and broad valleys—and more cows than people.
Rodgersburg, the county seat, has fewer than three thousand people. That’s where Benson and his family live, where he gets the daily gossip from the regulars at the Apex Bar, and where he knows most everyone and they know him.
Most people in Rhyolite County are good, honest, friendly folk—a bit quirky sometimes, but loveable. There’s Bootsey Gorman, an octogenarian prospector still looking for the one big mine he can call his own. And Mandy Lynn Marks, the town beauty who leaves a trail of bruised hearts and broken marriages in her curvaceous wake. And Kay Best, the sheriff’s indispensable right-hand “man” —when she isn’t playing practical jokes on him.
Of course, even in paradise trouble sometimes comes calling. Fortunately, Sheriff Pete Benson is on the job. He loves it.
These are his stories. $12.95
Camas & Sage
A Story of Bison Life on the Prairie
Author: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
In Camas & Sage: A Story of Bison Life on the Prairie, kids are invited to explore and discover the northern plains in a truly unique way: through the eyes and ears of a bison calf. From Cama's first attempt to stand on wobbly legs, this tale of an adventure-filled first year will have young readers hooked. Full-color illustrations splash across the page, illuminating each of Cama's firsts, including encounters with rascally prairie dogs, a crackling and booming thunderstorm, and irritable bulls. Kids won't want to wait to turn the page to see what happens next!
There is an unknown predator in a tiny Montana town in 1920. Older women are disappearing in staggering numbers, fourteen so far.
When Clara Terrel, a faith-filled prairie wife, learns the terrifying truth - that men are having their menopausal wives arrested, tried, and sentenced to the state insane asylum - she narrowly escapes the same fate.
At the state capital, Clara fights to have the fourteen women released and to take down the powerful, ruthless men responsible for the injustice. Annie Hazelton, Clara's charismatic, progressive friend; Connor Sullivan, a passionate attorney; and Maxwell Heinz, an awkward yet powerful man in the capital, help Clara in her quest for justice.
The four of them form a strong bond as they face danger, murder charges, and disbelief; and along the way, they uncover facets of themselves that have long lain dormant.
Although a story of fiction, The Change has truth at its roots.
The Charcoal Forest
How Fire Helps Animals & Plants
Author: Beth A. Peluso
Unlike most books, which concentrate on the fire itself, The Charcoal Forest explores the new habitat created by the fire. Focusing on the Northern Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada, the book describes twenty species of animals and plants that contribute to the reclamation and renewal of the charcoal forest. Why do some beetles fly toward a fire? Why will you almost never see a black-backed woodpecker outside of burned areas? How do fires help grow yummy treats like huckleberries and morel mushrooms? Kids and adults will delight in discovering the answers to these and other burning questions-and don't forget to find the black-backed woodpecker in every picture!
Charles M. Russell
Printed Rarities from Private Collections
Autor: Larry Len Peterson
Charles M. Russel- cowboy, painter, sculptor, writer- was an advocate of the people, animals, landscapes, and ideals of the West. Perhaps most importantly, he was an archivist. Through his detailed and honest paintings, sculptures, line drawings, and prose, he memorialized the Western way of life as it was at the turn of the twentieth century. Far from romanticizing the West, Russell's art captured the harsh and beautiful reality of the everyday word he lived in.
The Cowboy Years
Charlie Russell: The Cowboy Years is not an art book, research paper, or novel, and its definitely not fiction. This engaging narrative chronicles the eleven years Charles M. Russell spent on the open range of Montana working as a cowboy, from 1882 until 1893. With Charlie cast as the centerpiece--which he often was during this period--with a supporting cast of friends and horses, this colorful history is filled with adventure. These years as a working cowboy were a formative time for this talented and complex artist, a man of integrity who had a great sense of humor, both childlike and raucous.
Saddle up, and ride along with Charlie and his friends. Tighten your cinch, adjust your stampede string, keep a leg on each side, and expect to have a good time!
$20.00 (OUT OF STOCK)
Cold Hands (Paperback)
By: Kathryn R STAHL
Adventure and romance on the Upper Missouri River of Montana
Conibear Beaver Trapping in Open Water
Master Beaver Trapping Techniques
Autor: Wesley Murphey
Dale Burk’s Montana
An Exquisitely Beautiful, Big Format Color Book.......
In vibrant text and stunning color photographs, author Dale Burk takes you into the heart and soul of the wild Montana he’s both lived and worked in all his life. Long one of Montana’s most widely published writers and photographers, in this new very personal book he offers a moving essay about Montana combined with 150 superb color photographs of Montana scenes, its seasonal moods and variations, and its people and wild creatures.
Jack Weidenfeller of Missoula, in his Foreword for “Dale Burk’s Montana,” calls this beautiful book “a tribute to the state that is the love of his (Dale’s) life, a place, a land, a spirit that in its non-uniformity and majestic grandeur not only inspires awe and captures imagination, but evokes a loyalty and in turn a responsibility to recognize its beauty and conserve its riches. In this book, Dale, whose third-generation roots lie deep in northwestern Montana, succeeds in painting a picture of Montana’s geological and cultural diversity, of its history and the impact of the people who have shaped and scarred it, and of the current struggle to control the forces both within and without the state that are continually besieging this ‘one of a kind’ place....”
“Dale Burk’s Montana” was issued in large 8x10-inch format to emphasize the many color photographs of scenic grandeur and subtle, smaller elements of life in the Big Sky Country that usually elude notice. In short, the book is a very intimate and personal essay in text and photographic form about a land the author loves. Weidenfeller notes: “For readers who know and love Montana, these original pictures will illuminate regions seldom seen, stir up memories, inform and evoke sentiments of pride and attachment, of anxiety and defensiveness. Readers unfamiliar with Montana will find in the pages of this book romance, unforgettable scenes of fierce and majestic beauty, pock-marked history and haunting questions in the context of the writer’s passion for a land that has been described as ‘uncommon’ and ‘nothing better anywhere else’.”
This is a big, beautiful book, issued in both softcover and hardcover editions, 160 pages, with 150 full color photographs.
Digging Up Dinosaurs
by Jack Horner
More than just a book about dinosaurs, Digging Up Dinosaursteaches kids ages 8 to 12 about paleontology through the remarkable story of the recent discovery of aTyrannosaurus rex bone with flexible blood vessels, found in Montana.
Horner takes kids along on the dig, explaining step by step how fossils are formed, the best places to find them, what it takes to get them out of the ground, and what the fossils tell us about the dinosaurs that ruled Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
by Leland Howard and Lynna Howard
photography by Leland Howard
published by Al’Myra Communications
The beauty of eastern Montana’s rolling prairies, wild rivers, and far-flung ranches is captured like never before in Eastern Montana, published by Al’Myra Communications of Miles City. With stunning full-color images by award-winning photographer Leland Howard and insightful writing by Lynna Howard, Eastern Montana is an informative and beautiful celebration of the culture and landscapes of this unique region, a treat for even longtime Montanans.
Encyclopedia of Indian Wars
Western Battles and Skirmishes 1850-1890
Author: Gregory F. Michno
After years of research, independent history scholar Gregory Michno has created a chronological listing of every significant fight between Indians and the United States Army, as well as better-known Indian battle with civilians. In addition, Michno interprets the data to reveal patterns and draw conclusions, some of which challenge the current orthodoxy among historians, such as the revisionist contention that the "wild" West is a myth.
Encyclopedia of Indian Wars
Montana's Frontier Photographer
Text by: Kristen Hager
Born in 1868 to a wealthy British family, Evelyn Cameron traded privilege for adventure, the lush English countryside for the austere eastern Montana badlands, a lavish estate for a tiny homestead shack.
In 1894, at the age of 26, Evelyn turned to the burgeoning art of glass-plate photography as a way to support the Camerons struggling horse ranch, producing some of the most remarkable images of pioneer life ever seen.
Often riding twenty to thirty miles roundtrip, carrying her nine-pound camera around her waist and her wooden tripod in a gun scabbard, she spent thirty-four years documenting eastern Montana. She captured western landscapes: the ruggedly beautiful badlands, vast expanses of unfenced prairie, and otherwordly sandstone formations. And she photographed western characters: sodbusters, cowpunchers, and sheep shearers, stern-faced ranch families, and hopeful, dreamy-eyed immigrants. She also produced some of the first photographs of North American birds.
Eye of the Explorer
Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey, 1853-54
In the 1850s, Congress authorized and funded five railroad surveys to determine the most practical route for a transcontinental railroad through the western frontier. The northernmost survey, headed by Maj. Isaac Stevens, was the most successful, both scientifically and geographically. Along with the data assembled by numerous scientists and surveyors was the work of two artists, John Mix Stanley and Gustavus Sohon. Their illustrations graphically documented the physical and cultural geography of the northern Great Plains and Pacific Northwest, with a particular eye for Native American life. Eye of the Explorer: Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey reproduces all seventy of the lithographs that appeared with Stevens’s final congressional report, published in 1860, as well as twelve of the lovely watercolor images from which the final prints were prepared.
These views depict landscapes of undisturbed wilderness, scenes from the explorers’ journey, and glimpses of settlements in the initial throes of development. The accompanying text tells the story of the survey party’s adventures, struggles, and day-to-day activities, and describes each image’s historical, geographical, and geological importance. Liberally scattered throughout are quotations from the report. Dozens of detailed maps, illustrations, and historical photos further illuminate this engaging history.
GLACIER GHOST STORIES:
SPOOKY TALES & LEGENDS FROM GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
BY KAREN STEVENS
Renowned worldwide for its magnificent peaks and pristine wilderness, Glacier National Park is also rich in legend, lore, and tales of strange encounters.
Some of the stories are chilling, others poignant. A few may even make you chuckle. Are the stories true? Well, when shadows swirl like phantoms across the mountains and the wind whispers in the trees, when campfires flicker dimly in the dark of night…anything seems possible.
Montana author and paranormal investigator Karen Stevens has written two previous books, Haunted Montana and More Haunted Montana.
$9.95 (OUT OF STOCK)
Going Along With Lewis and Clark
by Barbara Fifer
Topic-by-topic, visual treatment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition for children ages 8 to 12. Color maps, sketches, paintings, and photographs with fascinating text, presented in bright and active style, covering 'Who They Were,' 'People They Met,' 'What They Ate,' and more.
Good Montana Morning
Recipes from Good Medicine Lodge in Whitefish, Montana
by Betsy Cox
photography by Megan DiTizio
published by Good Medicine Lodge
After years of requests from guests asking her to write a cookbook, Betsy Cox--owner of Good Medicine Lodge in Whitefish, Montana--has finally done just that.
Good Montana Morning features 104 of the bed-and-breakfast's signature recipes.
Farmers markets and Cox's own personal garden inspire many of the recipes, which include egg dishes, fruit, french toast, waffles, pancakes, cereal, pastries, and cookies. The beautifully photographed cookbook includes several award-winning recipes.
Features inventive regional dishes such as Going-to-the-Sun Eggs, Huckleberry Vinaigrette, and Flathead Cherry Cobbler.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the book to the Whitefish Food Bank.
A Hard Won Life
A Boy on His Own on the Montana Frontier
by H. Norman Hyatt
- Based on the hand-written memoir of Fred Van Blaricom, this true story recounts a life of hardship and hope in the Montana Territory during the late 1800s. Told in Fred’s affable voice and rich with historical detail,A Hard Won Life is a coming-of-age story packed with adventures and grounded in the remarkable lives of the earliest homesteaders—men and women—of the Lower Yellowstone. Meet young Teddy Roosevelt, famed buffalo hunter Vic Smith, saloon owners, devious outlaws, and persistent sheriffs. Working as a cowboy, young Freddie broke horses, helped catch a horsethief, survived the cattle-killing winter of 1886, and at age ten rode alone 100 miles to work a season on a ranch in the Dakota Territories. Fred’s was a life of struggle against many obstacles, but he overcame them or abided them with no complaint. As he himself put it: “The hero was throwed, but the horse was tamed.” Meticulously researched and superbly written, A Hard Won Life is a tale of bravery, determination, and one boy’s embodiment of the spirit of Montana.
BY KAREN STEVENS
Here’s your ghostly guide to spooks, spirits, and specters of Montana. From haunted hotels to eerie inns, this book will take you to all the spookiest spots in the state. Want to meet a phantom? Experience a poltergeist? Commune with the dearly departed? Let Haunted Montana lead the way to places you can stay to experience the other side.
Settling America's Heartland
Autor: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Photographer: William Munoz
Beginning with the Homestead Act of 1862, hundreds of men and women seized the opportunity to create a new life on the western prairie. In Homesteading: Settling America's Hearland, award-winning children's autor Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and photographer William Munoz reveal how these brave pioneer families made the most of their scarce resources to build a house, cultivate crops, and bring up children on the desolate grasslands of the American Great Plains. Some failed, but others survived and eventually thrived, opening the way ofr generations of Westerners to come.
Horsin' Around the Dudes
by Stu Campbell
Stu Campbell is a real cowboy, always just horsin' around with horses, cattle and dudes.
$18.95 (Out of stock)
Humor Around Horses
by Stu Campbell
Developmental Stages and Ethics
by Bob Norton, Ph.D.
This book challenges hunters to evaluate their personal motivations, behaviors, and ethics compared to 5,000 hunters who were participants in a pioneering research study. The study examined why hunters hunt, what they experience when hunting, and how they feel about laws, ethics, hunting groups, hunting methods, and numerous other subjects. The results provide one of the most in-depth and revealing examinations of North American hunting ever done.
"Every hunter should read this book. Each of us who hunts needs to reflect on our own ethics and remind ourselves of the privilege and responsibility we have as hunters. Read, enjoy, remember, and react as we project a positive image of hunting."
The time is the Pleistocene epoch, about 2 million to 10,000 years ago. Continent-size ice sheets cover 30 percent of the earth's landmass, and strange creatures rove the landscape. Ice Age Mammals of North America transports you to the world of saber-tooth cats, woolly mammoths, four-hundred-pound beavers, and twenty-foot-tall ground sloths. Illustrated descriptions of the animals form the heart of the book and the final chapter explores why so many of these animals were extinct by the end of Pleistocene time.
Images of America: Glendive
by Dr. R. Michael Booker Jr.
Glendive was founded in the early 1880s, and its growth was promoted and sustained by the Northern Pacific Railroad. Legend holds that Sir George Gore, on a hunting expedition with famed mountain man Jim Bridger, named a creek in the area Glendale Creek after a similar one in his native County Donegal, Ireland. Over the years, the word “Glendale” somehow transformed into “Glendive.” Prior to the arrival of European Americans, indigenous peoples, including the Crow and the Lakota Sioux, called the area home. The arrival of the Northern Pacific in 1881, along with the passage of the Enlarged Homestead Act in 1909, lured people from America and abroad to this isolated region to pursue their version of the American dream.
The Last Buffalo Hunt and other Stories: Adventures in the Great American Outdoors
by J. I. Merritt
Captured in Photographs
Winner National Outdoor Book Award
With their striking looks, keen vision, and hunting prowess, the birds of prey—eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls—have long captured the human imagination. Now Raptors of the West, a collection of some of most remarkable and action-packed raptor photographs ever taken, can inspire your own imagination to take flight. This book, the latest collaboration by award-winning photographers Rob Palmer and Nick Dunlop and author/ photographer Kate Davis, is a glorious photographic ode to the forty-five birds of prey that roam the skies of the American West.
Instead of grouping the birds by type—owls with owls, hawks with hawks—the book has chapters arranged by the habitat type and region where each bird spends the breeding season. Whether you’re enjoying these pages from the comfort of your own armchair or taking a trip to the field you can see which birds to look for in that area—Swainson’s Hawks soar over grasslands next to Prairie Falcons while Cooper’s Hawks share mature forests with Flammulated Owls. While the 430 stunning color photographs are enough to set this book apart on their own, Davis’s informative and entertaining text completes the picture.
Roadside Geology of Montana
Roadside History of Montana
Author: Don Spritzer
Rocky Mountain National Park Trivia
by John Daters
by Michael Bugenstein
A comprehensive history of Eastern Montana in nine chapters, as well as the experiences on an a long-term family ranch on the High Plains. Since the Days of the Buffalo covers important and little-known facets of Great Plains history including tribal migration and settlement, open range days, homestead life, railroads, horse capture and outlaws, and the effect of the Great Depression, New Deal, and war effort in Eastern Montana. Ranching topics cover droughts and water supplies, economic downturns, diversification, land disputes and inheritance issues, presented with a "human" perspective. Since the Days of the Buffalo is an easy-to-read reference, as well as a "road map" of what today's ranchers can expect in the future.
Complementing the delectable recipes and 75 gorgeous photographs are excerpts from the works of Wyoming writers and delightful historical images.
An Exploration of The Tetons
photography by David William Peterson
Featuring text from "The Ascent of Mount Hayden," 1873, by Nathaniel P. Langford.
The moody landscape images of David William Peterson join the dramatic derring-do of Nathaniel Langford's 1873 "The Ascent of Mount Hayden" in this combination photographic portfolio/adventure story set in the Grand Tetons.
A comprehensive look at the geographic beauty of the state through 151 lively essays. Features 124 black-and-white photographs.
The Ringling Brothers Circus—the world’s greatest shows!—made five brothers some of the wealthiest men in America in the early 1900s.
One of them—flamboyant John Ringling—came to Montana in 1903 looking for investments. He ended up building a railroad and launching a ranching company.
Richard, son of circus brother Alf T. Ringling, followed his Uncle John to Montana in 1917 and built a cattle and sheep empire. He and his family settled in a mansion in White Sulphur Springs.
Richard’s son Paul was born in Montana in 1920 and became a prominent rancher and state legislator. He still lives in the state as this book is published.
The Ringlings made their marks in Montana in many ways, from a town named after them to the historic Bozeman Roundup rodeo.
Author and historian Lee Rostad tells the Ringlings’ Montana stories, plus tales of the circus’s ups and downs, in this engrossing volume. Her research included access to the family’s private papers and photographs, including many images in this book. $15.95
An Uncommon Journey
The History of Old Dawson County, Montana Territory
The Biography of Stephen Norton Van Blaricom, A True Story of the First Settlers of the Last West
by H. Norman Hyatt
Based on the memoir of Stephen Norton Van Blaricom, An Uncommon Journey details the origins of Dawson County, Montana, in the late 1800s.
The oldest of nine children, Van Blaricom left home at the age of thirteen and worked for many of northeastern Montana's earliest ranches. After working for the Northern Pacific Railroad, he married Maud Griselle, one of the first female telegraphers for the Northern Pacific.
More than a family history, An Uncommon Journey tells the personal stories of many of the first settlers of this last West: buffalo hunters, cattlemen, train drivers, early tradesmen, saloonkeepers, scallywags, and lawmen.
This is the story of many of the long-forgotten first settlers of old Dawson County and how they met the challenges of a country that was then primitive and remote at its best and deadly at its worst. For all of them it was, indeed, An Uncommon Journey.
Unforgettable Days Afield
A View from the Inland Northwest: Everyday Life in America
by Stephen J. Lyons
With sensitivity, compassion, and grace, author Stephen J. Lyons brings us into the lives of the loggers, chaplains, artists, migrant workers, and others who live their lives in the wide open spaces west of the Continental Divide.
Visions and Voices
Montana’s One-Room Schoolhouses
by Charlotte Caldwell
photography by Charlotte Caldwell
foreword by Ivan Doig
The story of Montana’s one-room schoolhouses, as recollected and recounted by those most intimately connected to those places, is the story of the American frontier and the high value placed on education by those who came to homestead, mine, or work the railroads. It is a story of the Western spirit and of a culture marked by tenacity and endurance. These stories—told by students and teachers, many of whom are now in their eighties or nineties—tell of adventures traveling to and from school, the school day, recess games, family life, daily chores, and above all, the sense of community, as defined by these iconic humble schoolhouses. Their voices share memories and perspectives about a way of life, gone for the most part, and breathe life into these visions of rural heritage.
The preservation of one-room schoolhouses is important, as they are among Montana’s first frontier structures. These treasures inform us about ourselves—our history and our culture—through the people who learned and taught in them.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds of this book will be donated to the Preserve Montana Fund, a campaign of collaboration between the Montana Preservation Alliance, the Montana History Foundation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This donation will serve to create a challenge grant, earmarked for Montana’s endangered one-room schoolhouses.
Wanted Posters of the Old West And Stories Behind the Crimes
by Barbara Fifer
and Martin J. Kidston
This rare collection of wanted posters from the American West is a historical treasure. The book's nearly 150 original wanted posters, fugitive notices, and Pinkerton Agency circulars are supplemented by fascinated details about the technology of identification, the history of wanted posters, and the stories behind the crimes, which ranged from horse theft, safe blowing, train robbery, seduction, ''white slavery,'' and murder. Posters for notorious bandits such as Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid are also featured.
*NEW IN STOCK*
Warrior in the Ring
The life of marvin Camel, Native American world Champion Boxer
Author: Brian D'Ambrosio
In the Golden Age of boxing, Marvin Camel—a mixed blood from the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana—defied all obstacles of race, poverty, and geographical isolation to become the first Native American to win a world boxing title.
Complex and wildly charismatic, Camel combined tremendous physical talent with staggering self-discipline—forged by the sting of his father’s belt—to claw his way to the top, twice winning world titles in the newly minted cruiserweight division and fighting on the same cards as boxing icons Roberto Duran, Larry Holmes, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Bob Foster.
Camel’s journey was an amazing example of gritty determination: punishing runs on Montana’s back roads, relentless training in make-shift gyms, sleeping in beat-up cars before fights in glittering Las Vegas, and even training and fighting for a world championship in a foreign country, alone.
Always, Camel willingly represented his state and his people, proudly wearing his eagle-feather headdress into the ring. Yet with success came sacrifice and pain, both physical and personal, but in life as in the boxing ring, Camel emerged bloody but unbowed.
With irresistible detail gleaned from years of frank interviews with Camel, his family and friends, his former opponents, and seasoned boxing insiders, Brian D’Ambrosio’s gripping biography captures the drama, danger, beauty, and ugliness of boxing, of Indian life on reservations, and especially, of the life of a stereotype-shattering man who inspired his people and boxing fans everywhere with his courage, achievements, and great warrior heart. $15.95
Western Butterflies for Young Explorers
An A to Z Guide
Autor: Sharon Lamar
Anyone who has ever stopped to watch a butterfly flit across a mountain meadow or backyard garden will love Western Butterflies for Young Explorers. This beautifully illustrated guide helps children identify twenty-six butterflies of the western United States—one for each letter of the alphabet, from the Anise Swallowtail to the Zerene Fritillary. In between, young explorers will discover a wide variety of species, including such favorites as the Monarch, the Tiger Swallowtail, and the Painted Lady. Each entry presents a lovingly rendered watercolor of a specific butterfly along with a simple but thorough description of its caterpillar, it coloring, and its mature wingspan, as well as its range, habitat, and preferred host plant. In addition are fun facts about butterfly natural history. Did you know that butterflies identify their host plants by tasting them with their feet? Western Butterflies for Young Explorers is a wonder-filled guide for budding naturalists and their families to share. $14.00
"The Whole Country was... 'One Robe'":
The Little Shell Tribe’s America
Co-published by the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana and Drumlummon Institute
“The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe,’” by historian and folklorist Nicholas Vrooman, is an extraordinary account of an extraordinary people. Dr. Vrooman, after a lifetime of engagement with the history of a burgeoning and distinctive aboriginal amalgam culture on the Northern Plains, gives us the untold story of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.
In twenty-nine meticulously researched chapters, Dr. Vrooman provides the full context for the Little Shell’s present-day circumstance in Montana, from origins in the Upper Midwest to their role as successful traders, buffalo hunters, guides, and scouts in North Dakota and Montana (on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border), to their struggle for survival on the margins of Montana towns through the 1950s.
Vrooman writes: “Because of intense historical prejudice, the members of the Little Shell Tribe of Montana live today in a very distinctive and critical conundrum within the greater society. . . . The grand narrative of the Little Shell is . . . one of immense courage, fortitude, resilience, perseverance, hope, and love. It is a story that comprises the deeper, truer telling of our continent’s history.”
Women in Wonderland
Lives, Legends and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park
by Elizabeth A. Watry
“Betsy Watry tells the tales of a dozen women, some of whom had short-lived adventures in Yellowstone National Park, but most of whom spent decades as rangers, scientists, interpreters, and entrepreneurs, shaping the Park’s physical and cultural landscape. This is a wonderful ‘hidden’ history, full of surprising stories, grounded in intensive research and written with charm.”
—Dr. Mary Murphy, historian and author of Hope in Hard Times
“For so long, Yellowstone National Park has needed a book about the women who stood and today stand tall in its history. At long last, Elizabeth Watry has produced it. Women across the nation should celebrate this book for its noteworthy contribution to women’s history, as we professional historians do.”
Lee Whittlesey, Park Historian, National Park Service, —Yellowstone National Park
“To read about Yellowstone National Park too often means viewing it through the eyes and exploits of men. By sharing the experiences and contributions of women who visited, lived, and worked in Yellowstone, Elizabeth Watry places women front and center in the Park’s wondrous history. Women in Wonderland is sure to become a treasured resource.”
—Diane Smith, author of Letters from Yellowstone $19.95
The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale
For sixty years, the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale has helped keep Western traditions alive. Begun as a way for local ranchers to get rid of “spoiled” and unruly ranch horses, the Sale today has grown into a four-day celebration of rodeo, ranching, arts, and culture. Every year, thousands of people from all over the country converge on this small city in eastern Montana. They are treated to concerts, horse racing, a parade, an art auction, and some of the most exciting rodeo ridin’ anywhere. The actual auction of bucking horses and bulls remains at the heart of the event, but the Bucking Horse Sale has become a celebration of all aspects of Western life. It is, quite simply, the Cowboy Mardi Gras.
In The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, author Sneed B. Collard III helps bring this Western celebration alive. Through extensive interviews, spectacular photographs, and an action-filled blow-by-blow account of the festivities, the author gives readers a ringside seat to this iconic event. Through his meticulous research and descriptions, he guarantees that the only thing better than reading this book is going to the Bucking Horse Sale itself. $18.00 (Out of Stock)
30 Years of Stories & Photos
by Michael H. Francis
Few people know Yellowstone National Park as well as nature photographer Michael H. Francis. For thirty years he has worked and played in Yellowstone, his favorite place on the planet. This book is a collection of some of his favorite stories and photos, from bears and bison to weather and wildflowers. For anyone who loves Yellowstone, this is a memory book to treasure and enjoy.
by Janet Spencer
This fun-filled, fact-filled trivial extravaganza will keep you laughing, keep you learning, and keep you guessing. Trivia Queen Janet Spencer scoured libraries, archives, and museums for the oddest and most obscure figures, facts, and fascination she could find. The perfect campfire companion! Use the book to play a homemade version of Trivial PursuitTM. Keep a copy in your glovebox, or put it in your bathroom!
You Can Be a Nature Detective
Learn which moth or butterfly a caterpillar will turn into. Use clues left behind on the bark of trees to figure out what animal has been there. Study tiny holes in the ground to discover which creatures have been burrowing in the soil. Part field guide and part whodunit, You Can Be a Nature Detective has something for naturalists of all ages.
A Young Cowboy's Adventures
by Stu Campbell
Meet our young cowboy friend as he works his summer ranch job, then follow his journey alone with his horse and pregnant burro across a couple hundred miles to get home before school starts. The journey is adventurous, and the folks he meets along the way are all good folks … well, almost.