This collection includes five interviews with residents of the Badger-Two Medicine area in Montana, adjacent to Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Reservation. The interviews were conducted by historian David Brooks in 2006. Interviewees discuss the history of the area and some of the original homesteaders. They also discuss the area’s natural resources, tourism, wildlife, the 1910 fire, and the impacts of overuse on the land, including the use of recreational vehicles. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH-416 at Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana.
This collection includes 5 interviews.
Art Trenkle and Anna Trenkle
OH416-001: The Badger Two Medicine area of Montana, adjacent to the Blackfeet Reservation and Glacier Park in Montana is described; Trenkle names and describes many of the original homesteaders in the area; he describes growing up on the Rising Wolf Ranch and his family’s outfitting business and early tourism in the area; discusses natural resource use (timber, game, minerals, etc.) in the area and his opinions on a possible oil drilling project; as well as his experiences as a firefighter and laborer for the Forest Service.
OH 416-05: Smiley discusses the history of the area (activities of Native Americans on the land, homesteading, 1910 fire, etc.) and of the Jennings homestead/dude ranch. He talks about ranch life, livestock, and grazing practices, as well as hunting and trapping practices from earlier times, focusing on the experiences of George Jennings. He discusses the present decline in outfitting businesses, the efforts to designate the area as a protected wilderness, and the impacts of overuse on the land.
OH416-04: Hugo Johnson tells about growing up in the Badger Two Medicine area as a guide in a family of outfitters. He explains his father's work on the crew that built the first roads into the area. Johnson talks about the effects of grazing in the area, as well as other uses of natural resources (possible drilling for oil and gas), which leads him to a discussion of his trip to Washington, with other residents, to lobby for designating Badger Two Medicine as a wilderness area. Throughout the interview, Johnson discusses the use of ATVs in the area and his opposition to this activity.
OH416-03: Stewart lists past owners of the Rising Wolf Ranch and their histories; he describes the history of land usage at Rising Wolf and the Badger Two Medicine; Stewart gives his opinion about motorized vehicle abuse. Stewart describes his land donation to the Nature Conservancy, alterations made to the original Rising Wolf Ranch buildings and fire/flood damages, and ends with hunting and fishing restrictions in the area.
OH416-02: The Badger Two Medicine area, adjacent to the Blackfeet Reservation and Glacier Park in Montana is described; Lucke explains the history of the area and previous homesteaders; he describes his family outfitting business and experiences, stories about past residents of the area; he gives his opinion on motorized vehicle usage in the Badger Two Medicine and its effects on wildlife and the landscape.