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This 96-page color and B&W 11 x 8.5 landscape format soft cover book contains over 140 images

Anyone with an interest in Glacier National Park or the Great Northern Railway has probably seen Fred Kiser’s hand-colored photographs and postcards. The subject and scenes of Glacier Park are timeless - the muted colors are the quintessence of the mountains.


When James Jerome Hill built his Great Northern through the Rocky
Mountains, tourism was not considered a high priority; transporting
settlers and development of natural resources was his foremost interest. In the early 1900s, Jim Hill stepped away from sole control
of the railroad, leaving his son Louis Hill in charge of expanding the company’s holdings. Among advancing transportation endeavors,
Louis Hill became enamored by the beauty of the region that is now Glacier Park. Mr. Hill joined George Bird Grinnell in fostering support
for national park status with Glacier National Park being officially created May 11, 1910.


In the early years of  the 1900s, Fred H. Kiser, [apparently the “H” is not an abbreviation of any other name, it is just “H.”] and his brother Oscar had achieved the reputation as excellent commercial photographers specializing in mountain landscapes.  In 1905, Fred was chosen as the official photographer for the Lewis and Clark Exposition at Portland, Oregon. Louis Hill recognized the potential of using Mr. Kiser’s unique hand-colored images. Fred was hired as the official photographer of the Great Northern Railway, and for six years spent his summers in the Glacier environs. Kiser coined the phrase See America First in 1906 as part of the railroad’s publicity campaign. In 1909, the Great Northern supplied him with a private railway car.

This book is a tribute to Fred Kiser - who brought color to Glacier National Park in the age of black and white

Glacier National Park - Great Northern Railway - Fred Kiser Artographs

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