“A touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” Shakespeare

   I would go so far as to say that a touch of history makes the whole world kin—especially when it comes to one of our national treasures—Glacier National Park.

    After researching (lots of time in online Library of Congress archives and Glacier National Park library)-- collecting photographs, conducting interviews and having all sorts of conversations about Glacier National Park, I can honestly say that I know more about the park than I have experienced in the park. I live in Flathead County but suffer from what so many of us locals come down with every summer—a case of, I’ll get there sometime when the crowds aren’t so thick or when friends come to town and I turn into travel host. When it comes to that thing of beauty that literally exists in our backyard, visitors may have more appreciation—every year the number of visitors grows: a testimony to this park’s unique beauty.

     I have always loved history because the quiet, dull parts of life that ultimately reveal some buried treasure of a fact: that Glacier was first a forest preserve; that the parks were developed thanks to a clever railroad ad campaign that changed America’s travel patterns; that Glacier is one of a kind geologically because its oldest layers exist as tops of the mountains (unlike the rest of the Rockies) and thus are a showcase for some of the finest records of early life.

    A little bit of history makes the present day more interesting.

    It has truly been a joy to assemble the history within these pages. This is my 12th historical newspaper to date and when I first started my regional-based, historically centered publications (The Stumptown Old Timer and Historical Herald) I was worried that history wouldn’t yield enough stories for more than one issue. Now I know better. 


E.C. Hensleigh