New from Arcadia Publishing and local author, Lyndel Meikle, is Deer Lodge, the newest volume in the successful Images of America Series.
In this historical pictorial, Meikle, explores the town of Deer Lodge as not only the home of Montana’s state prison, but a town full of homes and businesses, agriculture, schools, churches, sports and family ties.
In the language of the Shoshone, Sacagawea’s people, the Deer Lodge Valley was it-soo-ke-en-carne. The name referred to a lodge-shaped mound—a natural salt lick where deer gathered. By the early 1800s, French-Canadian trappers and traders were exploring the valley’s river (now known as the Clark Fork River) and its tributaries. The Shoshone name was translated into French as la loge du chevreuil. Soon, as Montana’s gold rush began, traders from Fort Hall in southern Idaho settled here. The town became Spanish Fork, Cottonwood, La Barge City, and finally the Shoshone name returned, now in English, as Deer Lodge.
Highlights of Deer Lodge:
• Details the legacy of a town that sustained itself despite the Gold Rush.
• Illustrates the power of the people, exhibited by the restoration of Deer Lodge’s Rialto Theatre.
• Explores the impact Montana’s State Prison has made on the town of Deer Lodge.
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