Clark Fork River & Western Montana History

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Item Description Author
Butte’s Heritage Cookbook Explore Butte history through the foods of the many ethnic groups that came to the Richest Hill on Earth during its mining boom. The book includes brief snippets of newspaper articles, biographical information on some of the recipe sources, etc. Edited by Jean McGrath (1993)
Copper Camp First published in 1943 and compiled by the workers of the Writers’ Program of the Works Project Administration in Montana, Copper Camp contains a wide variety of stories, anecdotes, and tall tales to paint a comprehensive picture of life in Butte in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Writers Project of Montana (1970)
Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods The gripping tale of a huge Ice Age lake that drained suddenly- not just once but repeatedly- and reshaped the landscape of the northwest. David Alt (2001)
Hellgate Treaty of 1855 (pdf) A historic treaty between the U.S. government and the Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d’Oreille and the Kootenai tribes. The treaty led to the forced removal of the tribes from the Bitterroot Valley and the modern-day Flathead Reservation. -
The Lower Flathead River
Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana:
A Cultural, Historical, and Scientific Resource
A resource designed for teachers and students in the later high school years. Includes a stunning portfolio of river scenes by photographer Jake Wallis; interviews with Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai elders about the traditional use of the river; an essay by Thompson Smith about the history of the river and Kerr dam; a summary of the geology, plants, and animals of the area; and an introduction to the ecological changes and problems impacting the river. Compiled by David RockwellPhotohraphic Portfolio by Jake Wallis

Revisions by Bill Swaney (2008)

PitWatch Published periodically by the Berkeley Pit Public Education Committee for the purpose of educating Butte residents, students and visitors about the Berkeley Pit and related issues. The content is largely driven by community interest in specific topics. Also available online at pitwatch.org. Berkeley Pit Public Education Committee (published annually)
The River We Carry With Us: Two centuries of writing from the Clark Fork basin Compiled by the Clark Fork Coalition in 2001, this anthology includes essays from of Montana’s finest writers, as well as historic sources about the Clark Fork River. For more information, visit the Clark Fork Coalition website. Edited by Tracy Stone-Manning and Emily Miller (2002)
Smoke Wars: Anaconda Copper, Montana Air Pollution, and the Courts, 1890-1920 Smoke Wars begins with the fight in Butte to abolish heap roasting- a process that created dense clouds of noxious smoke and caused death rates in Butte to exceed those of New York City in the 1880s. The books continues through the movement of smelting to Anaconda, and the resulting pollution issues in the Deer Lodge Valley. With lessons for the current environmental movement, this landmark study raises issues of corporate responsibility, the rights of citizens, the costs of industrialization, and the relative value of the environment. Donald MacMillan (2000)
The Summer Ride: A Clark Fork Story A short story of life on the Clark Fork River, exploring its geography and people, as read by author Peggy Schmidt. Also available on audio CD. Peggy Schmidt/Watershed Education Network
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