Pinchot Journal: Presumed Drowned?

Series 5 of 7


Submitted by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society. Reprinted from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division

Gifford Pinchot, who later became chief of the U.S. Forest Service, was working for the National Forest Commission in 1896 when he traveled south through the Swan Valley with Jack Monroe, a trapper and guide. In the previous installment of the seven-part series, they had used deer carcasses for bait and shot a bear.

I was using the .30 caliber Government smokeless cartridge in the new model Winchester, with a soft-nosed bullet. The shot which tore this bear’s heart so frightfu...

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