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Nelson Story and the Making of Montana

  • April 22 1907

Nelson Story and the Making of Montana
by John C. Russell

This biography covers the sweeping scope of Nelson Story’s exciting life. Story came to Montana Territory in the 1860s, participated in the gold rush, drove longhorns from Texas, and was important in the development of Bozeman. Story’s ambitions made him a complicated figure. He had vision and entrepreneurial genius, but was a ruthless businessman, and willing to resort to violence to achieve his goals.