Stories from Montana's Enduring Frontier
At the turn of the twentieth century, Montana started emerging from its rugged past. Permanent towns and cities, powered by mining, tourism, and trade, replaced ramshackle outposts. Yet Montana's frontier endured, both in remote pockets and in the wider cultural imagination. The frontier thus played a continuing role in Montanans' lives, often in fascinating ways. Author John Clayton has written extensively on these shifts in Montana history, chronicling the breadth of the frontier's legacy with this diverse collection of stories. Explore the remnants of Montana's frontier through stories of the Little Bighorn Battlefield, the Beartooth Highway, and the lost mining camp of Swift Current -- and through legendary characters such as Charlie Russell, Haydie Yates, and "Liver-Eating" Johnston.
"If there's such a thing as a Western psychology, John Clayton comes close to finding it in Stories from Montana's Enduring Frontier, a collection of perceptive essays..." --Jamie Harrison, The Montana Quarterly
"Clayton has sought out some neglected characters from western history and resurrected them in brief and engaging essays." --Aaron Parrett, Montana: The Magazine of Western History
"Regional history at its best...a great introduction to Montana history for the general reader." --Bill Croke, American Spectator
"Very insightful essays about Montana." --Russell Rowland, Noise & Color
"John Clayton resuscitates people, places and legends of Montana that most have forgotten or never knew... Clayton's book provides a quick, enchanting read that even the most casual of history buffs will take great pleasure in." --Charity Dewing, Billings Gazette
"What I like about this collection of essays is that it doesn't dwell on the guns-blazing stuff that most people associate with Montana and history... The stories of the people who started these communities, and those who remain, and the weird things that happened there . . . these are the stories that Clayton tells." --Chris La Tray, Naked but for a Loincloth