Louie [Strentzel Muir]
July 21st 1896
We arrived here last evening after a hard ride through dust & the smoke of furning forests from Kootenay Lake on the Columbia & found your telegram & letters from Maggie Helen & Yourself which set my moind more at ease. After leaving Helena wewent to Great Falls on the Missouri by the Great Northern R.R. Thence by a narrow gauge to Shelby Junction on the Great Northern wehre at Midnight we took the train for Belton going to bed at 1 A M. & rising at 4 A.M. to see the Marias Pass in the Rocky Mtns. It was grand with peak streams & forests but O how sleepy we were we arived at Belton at 5.35. AM
a place in Grand Woods of 3 houses. Here we found Pinchot encamped on the bank of the Flathead River in a bed of Linnaea & Pyrola among grand mountain pines spruces Thyme & Larches. From here we drove 3 miles through those charming woods to McDonald Lake & there at the foot of the lake took a small steamer for the head of it where there is a kind of log hotel. This is one of the most beautiful of all the glacier mountain lakes I have yet seen, more beautiful seom ways even than Tahoe. It is about 10 miles long embosomed in lofty forested mountains with all my favorite norther wood flowers beheath the trees. Next day we rode through the woods
1896 Jul 21
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 15 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1896 Jul 21." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 810.
Reel 09, Image 0334
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