Articles and Essays

John Clayton has published articles and essays in such magazines as Montana Quarterly, Big Sky Journal, Horizon Air, Montana Magazine, and High Country News. His occasional columns on the American West have appeared in dozens of Western newspapers through the High Country News "Writers on the Range" series.

Ansel Adams in Yellowstone

Big Sky Journal

(Summer 2016))

Steve Mather and the founding of the National Park Service

Magic City Magazine

(July 2016)

"I’m thinking of naming my dog Obamacare"

A humorous essay from Writers on the Range

(June 2016)

Articles and Essays

John Clayton has published articles and essays in Montana Quarterly, Big Sky Journal, Newsweek, Salon, National Parks Traveler, Horizon Air, High Desert Journal, Montana Magazine, and High Country News, among others. His occasional columns on the American West appeared in dozens of Western newspapers through the High Country News "Writers on the Range" series.

John Muir's first mountain stream

Discomfuddled 

hero

Wyoming's "parkitecture"

storySouth

(Autumn 2019)

Big Sky Journal

(winter 2020)

WyoHistory.org  

(March 2019)

Lake McDonald's hidden history

It's my

Prerogative

Jackson Pollock's Wyoming

Big Sky Journal
(Autumn 2019)

Montana Quarterly

(summer 2019)

Big Sky Journal 

(fall Arts 2019)

Lessons from a previous environmental catastrophe

Mission 66 in Wyoming

When rivals collaborate

National Parks Traveler
(July 2019)

WyoHistory.org

(fall 2019)

John Clayton's blog 

(June 2019)

John Muir in Yellowstone

The meaning of Yellowstone's bears

Thomas Moran's quest

WyoHistory.org
(August 2018)

Big Sky Journal

(Summer 2018)

Big Sky Journal 

(early 2019)

How I conquered my addiction to memoirs about drinking

Slack thread under a photo of Betsy Ross' new flag design

Bio-pics of forbidden love

a humorous essay for

Points in Case
(June 2019)

a humorous essay for

Points in Case
(July 2019)

a humorous essay for

Points in Case
(August 2019)

Camp Monaco: Buffalo Bill Cody's last hunt

WyoHistory.org
(October 2017)

Last floats
of the Bighorn

"Dear restaurant, Please tell me about my grass"

Montana Quarterly

(Winter 2018)

An essay for Writers on the Range (October 2017)

Yellowstone and the world's first national forest

WyoHistory.org

(June 2017))

What it means to work the wilderness

an essay for 

High Desert Journal

(April 2017)

Montana's conservation-vs.-preservation divide

Montana Quarterly

(fall 2017)

More previous work
Previous work

Understanding the 1988 Yellowstone fires

Points West, the journal of the Buffalo Bill Center for the West (spring and summer, 2016)

John Steinbeck's Montana

"How to survive a Montana snowstorm"

Montana Quarterly

(Winter 2015)

An essay for LastBestNews (December 2014)

Photos from public domain or copyright John Clayton.

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Additional work

Yellowstone's boundaries and Zinke's quest

Salon.com

(August 2017))

A.A. Anderson and the Yellowstone Forest Reserve

WyoHistory.org

(August 2017))

Ansel Adams in Yellowstone

Big Sky Journal

(Summer 2016))

Hang-ups

a humorous essay for 

Outside Bozeman

(July 2017)

The odd history of campgrounds in national parks 

Newsweek 

(October 18, 2017)

The man who invented dude ranching

Magic City Magazine

(Summer 2017)

The biggest-ever federal land grab

Salon.com

(May 2017)

Steve Mather and the founding of the National Park Service

Magic City Magazine

(July 2016)

"I’m thinking of naming my dog Obamacare"

A humorous essay for Writers on the Range

(June 2016)

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