A Mountain Boyhoodby Joe Mills, James H. Pickering (Introduction), Enos B. Comstock
Estes Park was hardly more than a post office in 1899, when young Joe Mills first saw Colorado's Front Range. A would-be Robinson Crusoe, Joe scaled peaks, watched wild animals, hunted and trapped, and generally roughed it in the region that would become Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915. This, the true story of his adventures there, is as rich in human as in natural history.
- University of Nebraska Press
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James H. Pickering, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Houston, has provided textual notes and an introduction recognizing the importance of Joe Mills, long obscured by the fame of his brother, in the history of Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Just returned from a Rocky Mountain National Park vacation where I hiked by day and read Joe Mills wonderful stories about the Rockies around Estes Park and Longs Peak circa 1900 by night. These chapters were originally published in boy scout magazines and other similar publications in the early part of the 20th century. The book is written in a simple, evocative style meant for children but interesting to anyone willing to give themselves over to the simple enjoyment of a good yarn. In addition to simply being a wonderfully fun read, this book is also amazingly current in its sensibilities about preserving nature and wildlife and thinking carefully about the gratuitous slaughter of wild animals for sport or simply out of ignorance about their real natures. It made me feel like a kid again, thrilled to be surrounded by an exciting and awesome place and trying to transport myself back to a time when the sound of jet aircraft and cars did not penetrate every place on Earth. Buy this book, read it, and pass it on. Next thing you know, you'll be caring about the National Parks and all of the other public lands that surround them that should be enjoying the same degree of protection from development and encroachment by short-sighted interests.