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The Devil's Playground, A Novel of Old Montana and the Creation of Yellowstone Park

 

BY ROBERT C. BARTSCH (AUTHOR)

 

WHILE THE NATION TORE ITSELF ASUNDER . . .

Old mountain men living with their Indian families, gone native, joined by the Stuart brothers and friend Reece Anderson become the first to seek the New Eldorado of the gulches and mountains. 

THE PROMISE OF A NEW ELDORADO BECAME AN IRRESISTABLE MAGNET . . .

Joined by cavalry and scientists hungry to map and chronicle terra incognita, then swollen by broken eastern armies; gold tugged at men’s souls. The Stuarts became part of a “family” of seekers who saw the promise of a new order if only they could attract civilization.

THE LAST WILDERNESS BECAME THE FIRST PLAYGROUND OF THE PEOPLE . . .

Conquering first; bottomless mountain snows, unrelenting drought, highwaymen, then native populations, the “family” set out to explore Jim Bridger’s wonderland. Few believed the trapper’s and digger’s wild yarns of mud volcanoes and glass mountains. Aided by a railroad tycoon, desperate to sell land and bonds, and a fame yearning scientist, the “family” publicizes America’s Wonderland and works to set it aside for the people’s recreation for all time.