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Valerie Wisenhunt, I took a greyhound bus from Boston to Billings and worked in Cooke City for about six weeks in the summer of 1968 for Mrs. Nordquist who owned the Nordquist Cabins. It was my first introduction to rustic living and being 21 years old, it was quite an eye-opener for a "city girl". I didn't get to see much of the area as I was working all day cleaning the cabins for the guests that would arrive each evening. I've often wondered whatever happened to the cabins and to Mrs. Nordquist, but never knew how to find out. I've attached a picture that I took of some of the cabins that were part of the Nordquist cabins in 1968. I have a few others if anyone is interested.



My name is David Kapral, and my friend, Jim Coletta and I were in Cooke City for about a month in August of 1963, as part of a full summer Western fishing trip. We had $500. each for the trip, and we only spent three nights of the summer out of the tent The people in Cooke City, and everywhere in Montana were wonderfully friendly, and a month in Cooke City wasn't enough!
To the Pictures: We have Sam and Betty from the Cooke City General store. Prior to the Sinclair station, there was a much smaller gas station, and I don't remember everybody's name sitting on the Jeep, but the Blond haired young man was named Donnie, and the tall youngster next to him was Odie, as I recall. There were two Rangers who frequented our camp [just about Breakfast time, every day]. One was named Joe Israel, and the one with a hand on my shoulder by my 1955 VW bus is Jack Chapman. That was a neat vehicle it had no gas gauge, but that was considered a "feature," not an oversight. Getting it up to 55 mph was possible, on straight runs and any downhill road. It went through everything, however.


 The picture of Donnie and the man and boy was part of a rescue mission: the Man was a dentist trying to get up Granite Peak when his jeep got stuck. We walked out and got Donnie, who pulled him out. the Mountain pictures are at the lake at the base of the summit of Granite Peak. It had a considerable cutthroat population at the time. As I said the time was August, and that's when we got hit with the snow.

 This picture was taken in June of 2002 in Silvergate. We just happened to be eating in the restaurant on our last day, and this was a treat. Hope you enjoy.

Bryan Peake
Oklahoma City, OK


 Mike Kay. At 40 years of age I decided to ride a bicycle over Beartooth Pass. It has to be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. It was early summer as you can tell by the snow. The wind was chilly and the sun was bright. This must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. These are old photos that didn't scan very well, but should give you an idea of the absolute grandeur of the pass.


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