This book is a wonderful collection of images and stories that tell of the early years of Glacier National Park, from the park's creation in 1910 to the post-war boom in automobile travel. The striking black and white photographs show many of the people and places that helped make Glacier the "Crown of the Continent". The rare images and informative text were compiled by Michael J. Ober, a Montana historian and longtime seasonal ranger at Glacier.
Size: 8 x 8.5 inches
Author: Michael J. Ober
"The cold does not counter the innate beauty. 'Glacier Album: Historic Photographs of Glacier National Park' is a collection of back and white photograph of this wonderful national park in Montana, focusing on its early days in the post war-boom where automobile travel came into major prominence. Displaying the sights of the area, and offering historical context, 'Glacier Album' is an intriguing take and a solidly recommended pick for any lover of nature and historical photography." -Midwest Book Review
Michael Ober was born and raised in Havre, Montana, and attended the University of Montana and the University of Denver earning Master’s degrees in History and Information and Library Science. Since 1975 he has been a faculty member at Flathead Valley Community College and Director of Library Services and has taught Montana History there for nearly two decades. His seasonal career with the National Park Service in Glacier National Park began in 1967 as a fireguard at Logging Ranger Station and has included duty stations at Kintla, Polebridge, Lake McDonald, Walton, and Belly River. In addition to fire control positions, he has held positions as backcountry ranger and law enforcement ranger.
Glacier National Park’s early history revealed in photo book A new book celebrating Glacier National Park’s centennial this year contains more than 100 rarely seen historic photographs of the park. “Glacier Album” by Michael Ober is a wonderful collection of images and stories that tell of Glacier’s early years from the park’s creation in 1910 to the post-war boom in automobile travel. The striking black and white photographs show many of the people and places that helped make Glacier the “Crown of the Continent.”
The photos were gleaned from collections at the Montana Historical Society, the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana, the James J. Hill Reference Library at the University of Minnesota, and the park’s photographic archives. The engaging and varied images include early travel and camping in the park, chalets and hotels built by the Great Northern Railway, construction of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then-and-now images of the park’s glaciers.
The striking images and informative text were compiled by Michael J. Ober, a Montana historian and longtime seasonal ranger at Glacier. Ober is a faculty member at Flathead Valley Community College and the college’s Director of Library Services.