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Adventure Tales of Montana's Last Frontier

Gary A. Wilson

The Wild West's last stand took place in Montana's Milk River Country, the wind-swept "Hi-Line" along the Canadian border. InAdventures Tales of Montana's Last Frontier, Montana historian Gary Wilson vividly chronicles the area's panoramic past that featured fur traders, Native Americans, soldiers, pioneering women, itinerant preachers, cattle barons, and outlaws.






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.





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.



Barbed Wire

The Fence That Changed the West

Author: Joanne Liu

Before the mid-1800s, much of the American West was a vast expanse of open plains. Native tribes followed buffalo herds unimpeded for hundreds of miles, cowboys ran cattle wherever water and grass led them, and the cattleman’s Law of the Open Range ruled. All this changed when settlers pouring into the West under the Homestead Act of 1862 brought with them the Eastern farmer’s concept of fencing in farms. With the invention and mass production of barbed wire in the 1870s, it soon became possible for homesteaders to fence off millions of acres of what was once open range. But barbed wire threatened the livelihood of the cattlemen who depended on unfenced grasslands, and a clash of cultures was inevitable.

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.



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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.




Bitterroot: Montana State Flower

by Jerry De Santo








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.






Cromwell Dixon

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.                                                                                                                                                           






by Kenneth L. Graham
Fresh mountain air, the soughing of pine trees, and the tantalizing aroma of sizzling trout. These are some of the allure of camping in Montana. And this is the book that will blaze a camper's trail to almost 300 public campgrounds accessible by vehicle--from Missoula to Miles City and everywhere in between. Whether toting a two-man tent or driving a 30-foot-long "tin tepee," outdoor enthusiasts are sure to find the perfect spot in which to kick back and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of this unspoiled state.






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


The Change

Deanne Smith

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

After a fire, you might think a burned area is as barren and lifeless as the moon. But take a closer look and you'll find that even before the last wisps of smoke have cleared, the newly burned forest is already teeming with life. Many plants and animals find fertile ground here to grow, eat, and have offspring; some species are dependent on fire and cannot thrive to reproduce without it. 

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
Second Edition

Author: Jane Lambert
This book contains the same information as the first edition, plus more. Charlie Russell's colorful eleven year cowboy career is spiced with adventures with his horses and friends. This book chronicles the years of fun and adventure that Russell drew upon for his authentic western art. Early examples of Charlie's art and many vintage photographs illustrate the book. 

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!




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

Wesley Murphey clearly describes and illustrates the techniques that he has used to catch hundreds of beavers.  Includes many different types of sets for many diverse waterways. Excellent information on scouting for beavers, beaver habitat, dens, dams and food. Recognized as the best beaver trapping book in America for showing how to actually trap beavers using conibear (body-grip) traps.   110 pages, 110 illustrations
   "Mr. Murphey has created a book for which he can be properly proud. This text is not only a comprehensive read but a quick read as well. I give the book a solid 'A' rating." Stephen Vantassel NWCO Correspondent 'The Probe'                                                                                                                                                                





Dale Burk’s Montana

An Exquisitely Beautiful, Big Format Color Book....... 

By Dale A. Burk
      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.





Eastern Montana

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.




Eye of the Explorer

Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey, 1853-54

Paul D. McDermott
Ronald E. Grim
Philip Mobley

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.




Fish, Hunt and Trap a Little  (Vol. One)                                            
True Tales and Tactics Volume One with Don Murphey
Autor: Wesley Murphey                
From Wickiup Browns, Pothole Magic, and The Bruin- to Crane Prairie Cats, The Boy and the Lampreys, Team Up on Blacktails and other true adventures in this Volume One, the Murpheys' stories will charm you, entertain you, teach you, make you laugh and remember when and inspire you to grab your fishing rod, rifle or shotgun, or even a few traps and get out in the woods and waterways to experience nature at its finest. Some of these articles were previously published in national and regional outdoor magazines, and some are appearing in print for the first time.(178 pages, 62 illustrations)                                                                                                                                                          





Fish, Hunt and Trap a Little  (Vol. Two)                                              
True Tales and Tactics Volume Two with Don Murphey
Autor: Westley Murphey
From Antlers in the Alders, Trial Crossing, and Whitefish of Wickiup- to The Wrong Bear, Crappies: The Black and White of It and other true adventures in this Volume Two, the Murpheys' stories will charm you, entertain you, teach you, make you laugh and remember when and inspire you to grab your fishing rod, rifle or shotgun, or even a few traps and get out in the woods and waterways to experience nature at its finest. Some of these articles were previously published in national and regional outdoor magazines, and some are appearing in print for the first time.  (178 pages, 60 illustrations.)                                                                                                                                                      









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.




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.




Haunted Montana


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.                                                                                                                                                                         $12.00




Honey - The Continuing Adventures of a Young Cowboy - 2014 Paperback

by Stu Campbell

Follow our young cowboy friend while he works his summer job at a dude ranch where he picks up the nickname "Honey"-a moniker he doesn't much like. He also finds himself with a girlfriend-a situation he does like. "Honey" is the second book in a series that follows our young friend on his journey into manhood, which includes nightly kissing practice with his girlfriend Sally.



Horsin' Around the Dudes

by Stu Campbell

Stu Campbell is a real cowboy, always just horsin' around with horses, cattle and dudes.







The House of Bair

Sheep, Cadillacs and Chippendale
by Lee Rostad
published by Lee Rostad
produced by Sweetgrass Books

The House of Bair tells the story of one of the most remarkable families of the early 20th century.

The Bairs built a dynasty in the small ranching community of Martinsdale, Montana. They left behind a legacy of philanthropy, and displayed in their ranch house, a vast and invaluable collection of American and European art and antiques.

The Bairs left their home as a museum to the people of Montana, a seemingly simple request that ultimately divided friends, sparked numerous lawsuits, and made national headlines. Rostad details the fight of the community to save the ranch museum and uphold the wishes of these beloved and colorful figures in Montana's history.

$18.95  (Out of stock)   



Humor Around Horses

by Stu Campbell









The Hunter:

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."





Ice Age Mammals of North America

by Ian Lange


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.




Journey to the Northern Rockies

by Michael McCoy 
Globe Pequot is proud to announce the continuation of its Journey series, which started with Journey to the High Southwest and continues here with the publication of Journey to the Northern Rockies. Part guidebook, part travelog, part love letter, these books are for high-country and armchair travelers alike.The Northern Rockies -- from the Tetons in Wyoming, north to Glacier National Park at the Montana-Canada border, and west into Idaho-are a mecca for skiers, hikers, and those searching for some of the last stretches of unspoiled land in the country. This new title follows in the footsteps of Journey to the High Southwest as a history lesson, a travel guide, and a love letter to this land of grandeur and wildness. Michael McCoy flakes travelers to the tried-and-true attractions of the Northern Rockiens -- watching Old Faithful, driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It also encourage stops off the trail with information about the natural history and cultural geography of each individual area, plus extensive notes about touring through them. Each regional chapter includes a "Staying There" section, which carefully chosen information about area lodgings, restaurants, shopping, camping, annual events, and outdoor activities.



Law of the Range:
Portraits of Old-Time Brand Inspectors

by Stephen Collector  

More than a decade ago, Stephen Collector began photographing brand inspectors throughout the West. This simple curiosity gradually became an obsession, resulting in Law of the Range, runner-up as the best Art Book in the Rocky Mountain region. Collector's goal was to achieve the portrait as landscape, and to know the landscape and its people. His black-and-white photographs document beautifully a part of the West missing and presumed dead. However, rustling is not entirely a thing of the past, and the profession of the range detective did not die out with Tom Horn. Collector's fifty duotone portraits of inspectors, with short biographies and a dozen detail shots, are wonderfully enriched by Annick Smith's evocative and informative introduction. This is indeed the portrait as landscape, and though the landscape may be irreparably altered by progress, the souls of these men endure.




Mammals of Montana

Second Edition
Author: Kerry R. Foresman

Photographer: Alexander V. Badyaev

This comprehensive guide details the taxonomy, ecology, behavior, reproductive biology, and distribution of all 109 mammal species in Montana, from the pygmy shrew, one of the tiniest mammals in the world, to the bison, the largest land mammal in North America. Whether you want to distinguish between the 15 species of bats that live in or migrate through the state or are simply trying to identify the squirrel in your backyard, Mammals of Montana is for you. This second edition contains more than 500 color photographs, many by renowned wildlife photographer Alex Badyaev. Scattered throughout the species descriptions are interesting and curious facts about these wild creatures. Learn which shrew is venomous, how the pika survives winter in its alpine habitat without hibernating, and what animal squeezes through vole tunnels in search of dinner. Author Kerry Foresman also covers the reintroduction efforts to save Montana species, such as the black-footed ferret and swift fox, from extinction, and he cautions how climate change may push others, such as the northern bog lemming and wolverine, to the brink.




Mercy for Me

By Arlie Rauch

A ruptured brain aneurysm plunged this couple into the strangest period of their lives. Arlie Rauch, husband of the patient and pastor at Community Bible Church in Glendive, Montana, tells the true story of their excruciating experience. This drama is a tribute to the inexhaustible love and goodness of God, poured out upon two people from sparsely populated eastern Montana.







Montana 1864:
Indians, Emigrants, and Gold in the Territorial Year

by Ken Egan

In 1864, vast herds of buffalo roamed the northern short-grass prairie and numerous Native American nations lived on both sides of the adjacent Continental Divide. Lewis and Clark had come and gone, and so had most of the fur trappers and mountain men. The land that would become Montana was mostly still the wild and untrammeled landscape it had been for millennia.

That all changed in a single year—1864—because of gold, the Civil War, and the relentless push of white Americans into Indian lands. By the end of that pivotal year in the history of Montana—and in the history of the American West—Montana was the newest United States territory.

In Montana 1864, writer and scholar Ken Egan Jr. captures this momentous year with a tapestry of riveting stories about Indians, traders, gold miners, trail blazers, fortune-seekers, settlers, Vigilantes, and outlaws—the characters who changed Montana, and those who resisted the change with words and war.

Egan’s vivid narrative style immerses readers in the conflicting currents of western expansionism as it actually happened, providing a unique and thought-provoking examination of Montana’s beginnings.




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Edited by Robert R. Swartout, Jr.

The history of Montana is one of many migrations, from the earliest hunters trailing retreating glaciers to native people driven west by the European advance. Fur trappers, miners, farmers, and frontier merchants soon followed. Often lost in the epic sweep of this story is the remarkable ethnic diversity of these newcomers- yes, there were irish, scottish and other Europeans, but also Metis, Chinese, Japanese, mexicans, and African Americans. As varied as their backgrounds were, these people shared many core experiances as the became Montanans, wrestling a living from a rugged land, maintaining cultural idenity in the face of descrimination, and finding ways to succeed against the odds.

In Montana: A Cultural Medley, Robert R. Swartout, Jr., masterfully weaves together thirteen lively essays by some of the most insightful historians of our time. The result is a fresh appreciation for both Monana's surprising diversity and the commmon bonds that unite her citizens.                                                                         $19.95 (Out of Stock)




Montana Medicine Show's Genunine Montana HistoryThe Montana Medicine Show's Genuine Montana History

Autor: B. Derek Strahn

Step right up for entertaining Montana history

Montana’s history is never dull in a new book packed with lively accounts of the state’s people, places and events.

“The Montana Medicine Show’s Genuine Montana History” by Derek Strahn is based on Strahn’s popular radio show that originates at KGLT studios on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman.

“The Montana Medicine Show’s main objective is to entertain—to relate some interesting or quirky anecdote and provide a thought-provoking glimpse of Montana’s past,” Strahn said.

Given the fleeting nature of radio and the need to make a quick impression, the radio scripts lean heavily on vivid historic quotes and dramatic first-hand accounts. This style makes the book fun to read, and, unlike the radio show, the book adds intriguing historic photos and illustrations for each of the 117 stories.

The book highlights little-known hucksters, risk-takers, reformers, and reprobates along with famous politicians, artists, Native Americans, and sports heroes. Numerous women are featured, including ground-breaking professionals, Hollywood stars, and fearless human-rights activists. Natural events such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and blizzards take their turns, too.

Readers of the book will discover the truth of journalist Joseph Kinsey Howard’s famous observation: “Montana has lived the life of America, on a reduced scale and at breakneck speed.”



Montana State Parks:

Complete Guide & Travel Companion

by Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody

Montana’s 55 state parks are a spectacularly diverse collection of natural areas, historic sites, and fun places where visitors are welcome to hike, camp, fish, swim, boat, photograph, watch wildlife, learn, and explore.

Join award-winning Great Falls Tribune reporters Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody as they visit each park and interview park managers, historians, and visitors to provide the most complete and up-to-date information about these remarkable public lands. Their unique book is packed with current information and special features, including:

- Key information at a glance                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $19.95
- Best parks for camping, boating, hiking, and recreation
- Best parks for history and natural wonders
- Author-recommended activities
- Photos, maps, and directions
- Accurate information on all campgrounds, fees, and facilities
- A foreword by Montana Governor Steve Bullock
- A special Smith River essay by Montana novelist Maile Meloy
- Perfect size for taking along on trips
- The only guidebook to all the parks
- Use this book to find a favorite park—or take the State Park Challenge and visit all of them!



Stories of the Land

by Krys Holmes, with major contributions by Dave Walter and Susan C. Dailey
published by Montana Historical Society Press
produced by Sweetgrass Books

More than 12,000 years of Montana history come to life in Montana: Stories of the Land. This new book, created for use in teaching Montana history, offers a panorama of the past, beginning with Montana's first people and ending with life in the twenty-first century. 

Incorporating Indian perspectives,Montana: Stories of the Land is the first truly multicultural history of the state. It features hundreds of historical photographs, unique artifacts, maps, and paintings largely drawn from the Society's extensive collections. Sidebar quotations bring the stories of ordinary people to life while providing diverse perspectives on important historical events. 
AWARDS: Honor Book, 2009 Montana Book Awards.



Montana, Too
A Book of Montana History in Story Poems

by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

The rural people of Montana whom you will meet in these colorful poems refused to leave when they lost homesteads and ranches, suffered through the Great Depression, and endured ruthless cycles of drought and cruel winters with resulting loss of land, crops, and livestock. The poems are spoken in the words of grandfathers, courageous men and women, and resourceful children who persevered in the relentless climate of the east side of the Rocky Mountain Front.




Montana Trivia

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!







Winter Trails Montana: The Best Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails

by Jean Arthur 

Designed for all levels, from consummate skiers and snowshoers to beginners and families, Winter Trails(tm) will lead you to the best places to snowshoe or cross-country ski in Montana. Be it a day trip or a two-hour jaunt, you can enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the great outdoors in winter with these 42 carefully researched trails.

Each outing is described in detail and includes information about the natural landscape, such as distance in miles or kilometers, trail difficulty, surface quality, and more. New converts to the winter sports of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing will also find a rundown of proper equipment and clothing suggestions, as well as tips on safety, navigation, and trail etiquette.





Montana's Yellowstone River

From the Teton Wilderness to the Missouri

by Rick and Susie Graetz

From beginning to end, the history, beauty, landscape, and communities surrounding this powerful, free-running river. Features 80 color photographs.





More Haunted Montana

by Karen Stevens

Want to bowl with the ghosts at a bowling alley in Anaconda? Explore a spooky mine near Helena? Have you ever slept with a ghost? At a bed-and-breakfast inn near Missoula, you might find yourself sharing your bed with the ghost of the former landlady! Thirsty? You’re welcome to hoist a cold brew at a haunted bar in Billings. But if you don’t believe in ghosts, then avoid one particular barstool—or wear a hard hat! One of the resident spooks doesn’t care for scoffers.

In More Haunted Montana, certified ghost hunter Karen Stevens once again focuses on haunted sites of historic interest that are open to the public. Just like she did for her first book, Haunted Montana, Stevens personally investigated each haunting and interviewed eyewitnesses to the paranormal sights and sounds. She describes the history behind the haunting, the specific phenomena, and the best way to maximize your chances of encountering the Other World.

You’ll find thirty-four spooky stories from all over the state, from the historic Bitterroot Valley to the starkly beautiful prairies of the east. Use this book as a travel guide to the supernatural or simply enjoy it as an entertaining narrative about Montana’s most haunted places.




More Humor Around Horses

by Stu Campbell

Author Stu Campbell continues with his gift of gab about ranch life, running horse rental stables, and the people he meets along the way. Stu has the knack of always looking on the bright and humorous side of life, which makes for some laugh-out-loud storytelling.







The Mystery of E Troop

Custer's Gray Horse Company at the Little Bighorn

Autor: Gregory Michno

The men of Company E rode big gray horses that stood out amidst the confusion during the afternoon of June 25, 1876. The Indians later recalled seeing the horses- by the river, on the bluffs, and eventually on Last Stand Hill. Their riders lay dead in a ravine after the fighting ceased. But which ravine? Why couldn't the Army find their bones only a few years later? Why didn't archaeological excavations uncover any remains? The answers, finally, are at hand.







My Wild Garden ZooMy Wild Garden Zoo

Author: Terese Hutchinson

Delightful paintings and poetry create a very special book for all children in the Rocky Mountains, and everywhere else! This fun book can be used as an early education tool for identifying western wildlife. What differences can you see between the mountain goat and the bighorn sheep? What about the mule deer’s ears, or the white-tailed deer’s tail? How are their antlers different? What about the elk and moose antlers? Therese Hutchinson’s characterizations of wild birds and animals munching on delicious fruits and vegetables in a small boy’s garden will captivate young animal lovers and stir up interest in wildlife. This book is an eye-pleasing debut from a talented Montana artist.

                                                         Ages 3-8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $16.95





Nature's Yucky!

Gross Stuff That Helps Nature Work

Author: Lee Ann Landstrom and Karen I. Shragg
Illustrator: Constance R. Bergum
Did you know that honey is really bee barf? That grizzly bears sometimes eat rotting meat? Or that turkey vultures poop on their own feet? Nature's Yucky uses kids' natural fascination with the stinky, the gross, and the icky to help them learn more about wild animals and why critters behave as they do.

Younger children will love having the book read to them, while older children and adults will also enjoy the "Animal Facts" section in the back, which has more in-depth information on the featured animals. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of learning to identify the droppings of various animals by making (and eating!) "scat cookies." Lovely watercolor illustrations balance out the "yuckiness," reminding us that nature is not just disgusting, but beautiful, too.

For K-5th grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $10.00


Nature's Yucky! 2

The Desert Southwest

Author: Lee Ann Landstrom and Karen I. Schragg

Illustrator: Rachel Rogge

This follow-up to the disgustingly popular Nature’s Yucky! takes young naturalists and other lovers of foul facts and icky information on an expedition to the American Southwest. Nature’s Yucky! 2 introduces readers to sixteen desert creatures and vividly answers such scintillating scientific questions as: How does the regal horned lizard squirt blood from its eyes? Why do dung beetles eat poop? Why does the piglike javelina smell like stinky socks? Astonishingly detailed illustrations capture not just Mother Nature’s revolting qualities but her stunning beauty.
With it’s “Eeewww!! That’s YUCKY!” refrain, the book is especially fun for reading aloud. Serious scholars will enjoy gathering further information about each animal in the “More Fun Facts” section. Those with an appetite for further yuckiness can use the kid-friendly recipe for raven-gut upside-down cake or sing the “Nature’s Yucky!”song. There is also a list of books and Web sites to encourage further scientific exploration.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $12.00
Nature's Yucky! 3
The Eastern United States
Author: Lee Ann Landstrom and Karen I. Shragg
Illustrator: Rachel Rogge
Did you know that white-tailed bucks eat the bloody velvet shed from their antlers? Or that bobcats use their tongues as toilet paper? Or that leopard frogs barf so hard their stomach comes out of their mouth? Nature’s Yucky! 3, the third installment in the Nature’s Yucky! series, dishes up the disgusting-yet-fascinating explanations for these odd behaviors as well as those of thirteen other denizens of the eastern United States. 
The book’s dazzling full-color illustrations and writing that begs to be read out loud will mesmerize younger children, whereas in-depth information in the “More Fun Facts” appendix will grab the attention of older children and adults. All readers will enjoy the bird-poop caterpillar pretzels that can be made from the included recipe. Nature may be yucky, but Nature's Yucky! 3 illuminates how the nauseating traits of animals help make the natural world a diverse and interesting place.                                                                                                                     $12.00




Off the Beaten Path* Montana

7th (Off the Beaten Path Series)

by Michael McCoy


This guide shows the Treasure State in a new light for visitors to some of these little-known attractions: the Inventors Hall of Fame, the Dirty Shame Saloon, and the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts.





Off the Beaten Path* Montana 
8th: A Guide to Unique Places 

by Michael McCoy

Montana Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Montana Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Mississippi that other guidebooks just don't offer.

$14.95 (Out of Stock)        




Pacific Northwest Seafood Cookery

by Stan Jones

The ultimate sea-to-table guide for Pacific Northwest seafood lovers.

320 delicious yet easy to prepare recipes for salmon, clams, squid, oysters, halibut, rockfish, sturgeon, smelt, cod, shad, crab, and the Northwest unique--crayfish, kelp, sea cucumbers, mussells, urchins, scallops, abalone, octopus and much more. Plus soups, chowders, stuffings, sauces, butters. Helpful how-to-prepare illustrations for converting wild catches into wonderful meals by buying, storing, cleaning, filleting, shucking, scaling, slicing, steaming and steaking





Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life After Gridcrash

Aric McBay

Oil and energy are not limitless resources, and someday the supply will be depleted. Peak Oil Survival shows readers how to plan for the future: how to survive and thrive when the food, transport, and energy industries sputter out. Author Aric McBay gives an essential crash course complete with clear, simple instructions and easy-to-read diagrams. Peak Oil Survival will explain how people can protect their families and strengthen their communities in the event of a crisis-and live comfortably off the grid.







Photographing Montana, 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron

Photographing Montana showcases more than 150 of Evelyn Cameron's photographs, including vast landscapes, range horses, cattle roundups, farmers' fields, and the wildlife of the high plains. Her vivid images convey the lonely strength of pioneers and the slow growth of Terry, Montana.

Portrait of Yellowstone
Land of Geysers and Grizzlies

photography by David William Peterson

For most of the year, photographer David Peterson calls Yellowstone home, and he applies his unique style of image-making to the land of geysers and grizzlies. He seeks to capture Yellowstone's many moods, from the breathtaking vistas of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to the otherworldly landscapes of Mammoth Hot Springs. Engaging wildlife photographs and aerial shots complete this Portrait of Yellowstone.




A Pronghorn Year

A Visual Tribute to North America's Pronghorn

by Dick Kettlewell

Our prairies, plains, and rangelands would be empty landscapes without the supremely adapted pronghorn. InA Pronghorn Year: A Visual Tribute to North America’s Pronghorn, Dick Kettlewell beautifully captures this animal’s amazing speed, eight-power eyesight, and all-season hardiness. More than 100 full-color images—including rare close-ups of newborn fawns—complement the lively, intriguing text, sure to entertain and inform readers of all ages.



Raptors of the West

Captured in Photographs
Winner National Outdoor Book Award

Author: Kate Dunlap

Davis's books are not only the best books available on (western) American birds of prey for the lay reader and serious amateurs, but their sensational photographs and sound technical information also make them useful and enjoyable to hardcore raptor biologists --Lloyd Kiff, Raptor Researcher

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





Montana's geologic history includes a long succession of disturbances that changed the rocks, then changed many of them again. Unraveling these events reveals a geologically quiet continent that got scrambled in a long and grinding collision with the Pacific crustal plate. Through detailed geologic maps and lively text, Roadside Geology of Montana deciphers the complicated rock record and uncovers each layer of Big Sky Country.





Roadside History of Montana

Author: Don Spritzer

Roadside History of Montana goes well beyond cowboy stories to tell of the struggles of dryland farmers, the rowdy antics of mining- town denizens, and the heroism of smoke jumpers and park rangers. Author Don Spritzer's love of Montana in all its diversity shines through in each vignette as he introduces readers to Montana's independent, adventurous, and often eccentric people. Readers will learn surprising facts about the Treasure State's past and meet its most fascinating people, from the copper kings of Butte to the Freemen of Garfield County.
Dividing the state into six geographical-historical areas, Roadside History of Montana follows main highways to reveal the stories hidden within the vast Montana landscape, delighting readers with lively anecdotes along the way. Spritzer speaks of each little town and crossroad with the intimacy of someone who's been there-and indeed he has. Accentuating the text are 170 historical photographs and numerous maps.                                                                                                              $20.00 (Out of Stock) 




Rocky Mountain National Park Trivia

by John Daters

Rocky Mountain National Park is full of wonder—and so is this book. You’ll learn about the park’s tallest peaks, biggest waterfalls, largest trees, record climbs, famous people, great events, mysteries, and more!

Do you know that little animals called pikas build “haystacks” to store their food? That wind-chill in the park has dropped to one hundred degrees below zero? That Trail Ridge Road rises to 12,183 feet above sea level, the highest paved through-road in the United States? That the builder of the Stanley Hotel was the same man who invented the unique steam-powered automobile, the Stanley Steamer? Or that the first humans in the area arrived 10,000 years ago?

Hundreds of lively questions and answers will keep you entertained wherever you go. This book is the fun-tastic way to learn about Rocky Mountain National Park.




Rocky Mountain National Park Pocket Guide 

by Stewart M. Green


Rocky Mountain National Park Pocket Guide is an information-packed, pocket-size guide that helps visitors get the most out of their park visit in a unique, convenient, and portable package.

Overview maps include Colorado's Front Range cities, Moraine Park, Bear Lake, Moraine Park-Bear Lake shuttle routes, Trail Ridge Road, Estes Park, and Grand Lake. Detailed PopOut maps feature all of Rocky Mountain National Park.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $9.95



Since the Days of the Buffalo
A History of Eastern Montana and the Kalfell Ranch

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.




Soul of the Rockies: Portraits of America's Largest Mountain Range Hardcover

by Ed Cooper

This is the second book in Ed Cooper's Soul of the Heights series and is intended to be a celebration of the Rocky Mountains, capturing on film and in text what the author describes as the soul of the Rocky Mountains.





A Taste of Wyoming
Favorite Recipes from the Cowboy State

by Pamela J. Sinclair
photography by Paulette Phlipot
foreword by Alyson Hagy

A Taste of Wyoming is a divine blend of Wyoming's rich culinary heritage and contemporary cuisine. 
This exquisite cookbook features sophisticated interpretations of Western dishes from Wyoming's finest restaurants, lodges, and bed-and-breakfasts--as well as classic Cowboy State favorites. 
Take a seat at the table for mouthwatering Western cuisine: 
-Blue Ribbon Caramel Cinnamon Rolls, 
-Pine Nut-Crusted Goat Cheese,
-Warm Green Bean Salad, 
-New West Clam Chowder,
-Lamb Ossobucco,
-Brandied Apricot-Stuffed Pork Loin with Port Wine Glaze, 
-Pan-Fried Rocky Mountain Trout with Hazelnut Butter, 
-Wild Huckleberry Muffins with Orange Glaze.

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.



This is Montana

by Rick and Susie Graetz

A comprehensive look at the geographic beauty of the state through 151 lively essays. Features 124 black-and-white photographs.







Three Ringlings in MontanaThree Ringlings in Montana

Circus Trains To Cattle Ranches

Author: Lee Rostad

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

Montana Hunting

Montana hunters are lucky. Not lucky in hunting, but lucky in that we hunt here, in Montana. In this book, you'll see why. Here we hunt elk from border to border, and they're big and wild too, just like the country they live in. You can hunt elk for months every year, if you care to bowhunt in the early autumn and rifle hunt later on. But it's hard to hunt elk all that time. There's so  much other hunting to do.

We have two species of deer, and hunting them is a passion for some and a time-honored tradition for most of us. We also have two species of bears, but we only hunt the black bears. We simply let the grizzly add spice to the scenery. Many of us get to hunt pronghorn antelope, and there is something very special about hunting where the sky comes down almost to the ground and the grassy seas go on and on to the far horizon. And if you're really lucky, you can hunt  moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. Where else can you do all that?

But wait -- there's more!

Upland bird hunters think they're in heaven, for they can whistle up their dogs for pheasants and sharptails, Huns and sage hens, and grouse from high mountain ridges to deep, tangled thickets. And those are small game compared to the turkeys of the open timbered hills.

Then, when it really gets cold, many of those same dogs will be retrieving ducks and geese from frozen fields and icy rivers and tiny warm spring creek where the steam boils into the arctic air. In this book, you'll see these things and more. And maybe you'll think that 'lucky' isn't the right word for Montana hunters. Maybe 'blessed' is what we really are.




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.





Warrior in the RingWarrior 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)



Yellowstone Memories

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.




Yellowstone Trivia

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

Author: Peggy Kochanoff
Why do a tree's leaves change color in autumn? How can mushrooms suddenly appear overnight? What made those tracks in the snow? You Can Be a Nature Detective helps you delve into these and other intriguing mysteries of the natural world. With the goal of getting kids outside and exploring, author Peggy Kochanoff uses breathtaking watercolors and informative text to spark readers' interest in investigating the wonders of Mother Nature.

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.





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