The Father of Glacier National Park: Discoveries and Explorations In His Own Words

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George Bird Grinnell was a prolific writer and record-keeper. After a long day’s hunt or exploration, he diligently made time in camp for meticulous journal entries. With his small group of explorers, he discovered and named forty geological features east of the Continental Divide and west of the Blackfeet Reservation. As a result, he wrote a series of articles about his trips from 1885 to 1898 for publication in Forest and Stream. In 1891, he began advocating to protect the area as a national park and led that charge for nearly two decades until successful. His discoveries, publications and leadership led to the creation of Glacier National Park. Cousin Hugh Grinnell compiles first-person narratives from unpublished journal entries, personal correspondence and dozens of articles to tell the early story of Glacier.
ISBN: 9781467143240
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Montana
Images: 102
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Hugh Grinnell received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona. As a member of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society, Hugh was invited to present “Saving the Great American West” (the life of George Bird Grinnell, a distant cousin) to its 2010 annual convention, in Glacier National Park, on the park’s 100th anniversary. While president (2005–10) of the Grinnell Family Association of America, he also wrote and produced a DVD program that profiles twelve important Grinnells in American history. George Bird Grinnell is foremost among these.
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