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By Henry Netherland

John Fraley explores the legacy of Joe Murphy


October 8, 2020

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A cover of John Fraley's new release "Heroes of the Bob Marshall Wilderness."

Author John Fraley has spent years capturing the stories and history of those who have ridden and hiked through the Bob Marshall Wilderness.  In his newly released book, "Heroes of the Bob Marshall Wilderness," Fraley covers a plethora of figures involved with the region, but the longest section is dedicated to the work of Montana outfitter Joe Murphy.

The second chapter, "Wilderness Cowboy," covers Murphy's life from his birth in 1890 to his death in 1972. Fraley describes him as "the first big outfitter on the west side of the Bob (Marshall Wilderness)."

Murphy was born in Great Falls, b...

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