By Darris Flanagan
Although this book is about the Fort Steele trail and road, it really traces the development of the Flathead Valley and Tobacco Plains country in northwestern Montana and the Cranbrook-Fort Steele areas of British Columbia. The story begins with the Kootenai Indians and their journey south to the Missoula Valley and the gifts they left on Medicine Rock. The book contains the report of John Mullan, who followed the trail from the Bitterroot Valley to the Kootenai River in 1854. His summary of the trail “Truly, I considered this one of the worst roads, if not the worst, ever traveled by whites or Indians.” Adventures Along the Fort Steele Trail will take you through the development of the Polson and Gilbraiths ferries, the struggles of the first settlers along the west shore of Flathead Lake and over Angel Hill, the likewise infamous Elk River and the attempts to cross it by fording, swimming, rafting, ferry, and a bridge built from one side using no metal. From the trail, to the roughest road in the state, to U.S. Highway 93 the book highlights personal stories of those who challenged the route. 8 ½ x 11-inch format, 112 pages, softcover perfect-bound book with many historic photographs.
0-9617626-4-0 Adventure Along The Fort Steel Trail – $17.95