Author: Jack Holterman
Place Names of Glacier National Park
by Jack Holterman
Here are the unique stories behind 663 geographic names in Glacier National Park, Montana, and Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta. This book will add to anyone’s enjoyment of these parks. The book is an encyclopedic overview of the who, the how, and the why of the geographic names. From Mount Doody, to Kitchen Hill, to Almighty Voice Mountain, readers will be fascinated to learn the hidden stories behind the names on the map of Glacier.
About the Author
Rudolph John Holterman Jr., “Jack” to his friends and family, 91, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, of natural causes.
Jack was born April 18, 1915, in San Francisco. He received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Spanish from Stanford University. After college, Jack looked for a teaching job, which brought him to Montana. He taught for one year in a private home near the Canadian border. From there, he taught at Starr School on the Blackfeet Reservation. For the next two years, Jack studied at seminaries in Seattle and Camarillo, Calif. After World War II broke out, Jack served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman, stationed in Japan and China.
When the war ended, Jack came back to the United States via a trip around the world, the first of four such trips. For many years, Jack taught on the Navajo, Hopi, Blackfeet and Salish Reservations. Jack made his way back to Montana, where he raised boys from the Hopi, Navajo, Blackfeet, and Rocky Boy reservations and other troubled boys seeking a home. As the years went by, Jack’s generosity extended to his grandchildren. Jack taught at Whitefish High School and Flathead Valley Community College.
As a linguist, Jack put the Blackfeet language in written form for the Piegan Institute in Browning. He was a familiar face in Glacier National Park headquarters and Glacier Natural History Association offices. Jack wrote many historical monographs, the result of hours of research of western history. In the process Jack wrote “King of the High Missouri,” which tells the story of the Culbertson Family. Jack was best known for his book “Place Names of Glacier National Park,” which he recently revised and published after being out of print for 15 years.
New book recounts stories behind Glacier place names
A new guidebook tells the tales behind the names on the maps of Glacier National Park. “Place Names of Glacier National Park” by Columbia Falls author Jack Holterman recounts the history of the names of more than 600 landmarks and locations in the park.
Holterman, a historian and long-time Glacier enthusiast, spent many years collecting odd, unusual, and utterly fascinating stories behind nearly every point of interest in the park, from trails to lakes, rivers, mountains, and, of course, glaciers. Published by Riverbend of Helena, the book is an encyclopedic overview of the who, the how, and the why of the geographic names. From Mount Doody, to Kitchen Hill, to Almighty Voice Mountain, readers will be fascinated to learn the hidden stories behind the lore and the lure of Glacier.
“Place Names of Glacier National Park” recounts a huge amount of history behind the park and also gives the reader an education on Native American lexicon. The book is perfect for campfire entertainment; for hikers wanting to know the history behind the landmarks; and for anyone driving through the park who would like to know more about the area.
The paperback book is only $12.95 and can be found at most area bookstores or by calling Riverbend Publishing toll-free at 1-866-787-2363.