Mysteries and Legends of Montana: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained

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Mind-Boggling Tales from Big Sky Country Meriwether Lewis hauled the metal frame of his favorite boat all the way from St. Louis to the Great Falls of the Missouri, then discovered it wouldn't float. Is it buried in a riverbank somewhere close to one of Montana?s largest cities? Thomas Meagher, a Civil War general and former territorial governor, disappeared in muddy waters outside of Fort Benton. Did he go for a boozy, late-night swim or was he murdered? And deep in the cold, dark recesses of Flathead Lake, a ...
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Overview

Mind-Boggling Tales from Big Sky Country Meriwether Lewis hauled the metal frame of his favorite boat all the way from St. Louis to the Great Falls of the Missouri, then discovered it wouldn't float. Is it buried in a riverbank somewhere close to one of Montana’s largest cities? Thomas Meagher, a Civil War general and former territorial governor, disappeared in muddy waters outside of Fort Benton. Did he go for a boozy, late-night swim or was he murdered? And deep in the cold, dark recesses of Flathead Lake, a mysterious monster may be lurking . . . or maybe “Flessie” is only a figment of some overactive imaginations. From mummified remains of the Little People to ghost sightings in the old territorial prison at Deer Lodge, author Ed Lawrence makes history fun, pulling the curtain back on some of the West’s most fascinating and compelling stories.
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Montana teems with mummies, ghouls, and unsolved mysteries. Bozeman resident Edward Lawrence has documented 14 of the most astonishing stories of Treasure State oddities, ranging from Bigfoot sightings to tales of UFOs and cattle mutilations. Mysteries and Legends of Montana also contains riveting stories of mysterious deaths, including the drowning of frontier governor Edward Francis Meagher and the 1917 murder of IWW activist Frank Little. Ideal bedtime reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762741526
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Myths and Mysteries Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 933,837
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

As a child, Ed Lawrence’s goal was to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. However, after flunking out of a pre-law program at the University of Oregon he abandoned that plan and studied literature instead. Then followed a long stint in the corporate world as a marketing type before he experienced life–change #3 and became a writer and photographer. Along the way he took up flyfishing as a hobby, and now combines his passion for flyfishing with writing for major magazines. He also authored Frommer’s Guide to Montana and Wyoming, and Frommer’s Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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Considering the number of sightings of Unidentified, or Unidentifiable Flying Objects, by responsible members of the citizenry, it is difficult to discount the possibility that the space above Big Sky country is filled with more than commercial, recreational, or military aircraft. Could these vehicles have been driven by extraterrestrial hotrodders? Or were helicopters on secret missions manned by government agents checking for sick cattle? Or, did members of a Canadian helicopter team experience gear failure? How about, all of the above?Historians are still arguing about the guilt of Harry Plummer. Was he an honest sheriff who was wrongfully murdered by an out-of-control band of vigilantes or the leader of a gang of bandits? Most folks bet that he was the latter, some say because they don’t want to consider the alternative. The real mystery is the location of all of the loot the "Innocents" stole. Then there’s the mysterious death of the governor in Fort Benton. Did a sick man fall overboard while answering the call of nature or was he the victim of vigilantes. Or did he commit suicide? Paranormal spirits? It becomes increasingly difficult to argue their existence, especially since Ellen Baumler’s house is occupied by an uninvited guest. Beyond those questions is a mystery that involves a sheep dog named Shep, who also lived in Fort Benton.
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Table of Contents

(1) Introduction (2) Who Killed Kenneth Pendleton? (3) UFOs and Cattle Mutilations (4) The Disappearance of Governor Thomas Meagher (5) Are the Pryor Mountains Inhabited by "Little People"? (6) Flathead Lake's Loch Ness Monster (7) The Prison Ghosts of Red Lodge (8) Lewis and Clark's Bear Island Boat (9) Tommyknockers (10) Frank Little's Lynching (11) The Crazy Mountains (12) Father Kerrigan's Disappearance (13) Montana's Bigfoot (14) Henry Plummer’s Gold? (15) A Dog Named Shep
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