Arcadia Publishing has issued a plethora of books relating to local heritages. Wander on Arcadia's web site and you are greeted with a map. Click on any area and the web site brings up the Arcadia offerings related to that particular area. Some series deal with the local sports legends. Some deal with the historical or geological features of the local area.
This book is part of Arcadia's “Images of America” series and details the grandeur and beauty of the park.
My link to Glacier Park goes back to 1988. I headed out to Montana to serve a summer internship in nearby Kalispel, Montana. The pastor I served was based in Missouli. But, as fate has it, he had worked summer jobs at Glacier when he was a college and seminary student. One day he drove the bus to the train station to pick up any employees coming in on the train. As he related to me, only one young lady was available to be picked up for her job at Glacier. He invited her to sit closer to the front so they could talk. I recently saw them in Milwaukee at a concert at which their daughter was performing. They are still happily married. The pastor gave me a personal tour of Glacier and pointed out where he and his wife had hiked and climbed mountains during their honeymoon.
Why do I mention this in a book review? Well, there must be something to the park that makes one make this park one's own. The author, Bill Yenne, writes about his personal experiences at the park. And personal experiences he has in abundance. He grew up in the headquarters as his father, William, served nearly two decades as the supervisor of backcountry trails. Many of the photographs are the author's own photographs and he has copiously shared his collection of Glacier postcards as well.
The book is comprised mostly of photographs with detailed headings. It is a photo archive of the park rather than a history of the park.
verall this was an enjoyable book to read, peruse the photographs, and learn some history and see again the beauty of the “Crown of the Continent.”