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This is a suggested reading list for further research into Madison County, Montana. If you know of other good local histories, please email the County Coordinator.

A word about Interlibrary Loans.....

For those of you haven't tried "Interlibrary Loan" - it is the greatest thing since ice cream! If you want to read a book that you can't get locally talk to your librarian. Most US libraries participate in the program. Write down the book title, author, and any other details you may have such as publisher. Give it to your librarian and she will order the book in for you. My library charges me between $2-$5 to get any book that circulates in the country. The process usually takes several weeks. The library calls you when it comes in. Usually you can take the book home for several weeks. Some libraries require you read the book on the premises. It depends on the policy of the lending library and the value of the book. Some books are so scarce that they don't circulate.

If you can't obtain your book through interlibrary loan - there is still hope. Make a trip to the Library of Congress in Washington DC some day. They have a copy of almost every book ever published in the U.S. Everyone needs to visit this wonderful repository at least once in their life! And don't forget Ebay - always a good source for obscure books, as is One final place to look - check out the local historical societies - they usually have books and transcriptions available for sale because sale of their transcriptions is one of their major sources of funding.

Golden Gulch, The Story of Montana's Fabulous Alder Gulch

by Dick Pace

The Vigilantes of Montana

by Prof. Thos. J. Dimsdale

Vigilante Days and Ways

by Nathaniel P. Langford

Cowboy Memories of Montana

by Mark Perrault, a story of growing up in the Madison River Valley


by Hoffman Birney

Perilous Passage: A narrative of the Montana Gold Rush, 1862-1863

Written by Edwin Ruthven Purple and edited by Kenneth N. Owens. 211-page volume featuring black and white photos and drawings, most antique reproductions.

Golden Treasure

A history of Bannack City, Montana, its environs, and events/trails associated with the city during the 1860s written by Mable Ovitt. Copyright: 1954. Fully clothbound, 254-page volume. Illustrated with over two dozen antique photos/documents as well as map endpages

Alder Gulch

by Ernest Haycox

Prospecting for Gold, From Dogtown to Virginia City, 1852-1864

by Granville Stuart

Gold Camp

by Larry Barsness

X. Beidler, Vigilante

by William H. Bertsche, Jr. and Helen Fitzgerald Sanders

The Frightful Punishment

by Warren J. Brier

Montana's Righteous Handmen

by Lew L. Callaway

Incident at Big Sky

by John France and Malcolm McConnell

Bannack: Cradle of Montana

by F. Lee Graves

Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865

by Sarah Raymond Herndon

Montana High, Wide and Handsome

by Joseph Kinsey Howard

The Bloody Bozeman

by Dorothy Johnson

Pioneer Trails and Trials

by Madison County History Association, 1976

Montana, A History of Two Centuries

by Michael P. Malone and Richard B. Roeder

Frontier Woman: The Story of Mary Ronan as Told to Margaret Ronan

by Margaret Ronan,

Montana: Its Story and Biography, Vol. 1

by Tom Stout

Pioneering in Montana: The Making of a State, 1864-87

by Stuart Granville

Reminiscences of Alexander Toponce

by Alexander Toponce

Montana Pay Dirt

by Muriel Sibell Wolle

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