Cooke City Guestbook Part 2

My family and I used to have a cabin outside of Cooke City, My dad was a wildlife photographer. And going to Cooke City and see relatives like the Menuey's, my dad's sister, were a welcome yearly visit. Sadly my dad passed away in 1997 and his wishes were to be cremated, my mom passed away in 1986. I have long thought about returning to Cooke City and burying them on a hilltop where their cabin used to be. We had two cabins but one was burned down due to when a backfire was set to stop a Yellowstone fire. I always will have fond memories of the place and remember the fishing areas. Take care and best wishes, Andy Randall
Andy Randall <andy3882901@yahoo.com>
Rock Springs, Wyoming USA - Friday, August 22, 2003 at 12:06 AM (EDT)

Hi Cooke City, I have just been looking at all the lovely pictures on the website. My husband and I toured around Montana on our motorcycle in July, while in Helena we met a guy named Craig Schell who lives in Cooke City. Does anyone know him? if so tell him we said hi. Looks like your town would be a great place to visit. Thanks, Lee Ann
Lee Ann Jones <ljones@bama.com>
Collinsville, OK USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 12:10 PM (EDT)

I am living and working in cooke city presently and love every minute of it. I work at the yellowstone Trading Post and am not looking forward to us closing in the fall. I hope to come back every summer even if I work some where else. I was even wanting to stay for the winter at one point... but things change. I hope that someone would get a hold of me, and I can update you if you've worked there or whatever. chao!!!
Tara Wood <luvu2162003@yahoo.com>
Cooke City , MT USA - Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 07:17 PM (EDT)

My boyfriend Larry and I will be visiting Cooke City in August of 2003. He is from Montana and we will be visiting the Yellowstone area. I'm excited about the trip and can't wait to see the area!! Kim
Kim Jones
Tampa, FL USA - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 05:43 PM (EDT)

I spent two winters (and summers ) in Cooke. I had arrived by horse from Big Timber MT.. Not because I particularly wanted to but I had to do something with myself. Coming through the beartooth wilderness I kept Pilot Peak in view and headed to, Lord knows where, but it looked cool and I did'nt know where else to go so I ended up in Cooke. Arriving there, with one tired horse, whom had had a harrowing experience the night before with a moose that seemed to have certain amorous feelings for him, I made my way down to, what is now called the mansion, or "The Brooks estate". It might not even exist anymore. What it amounted to was the tack room owned by Gene Wade. I have a special place in my heart for that man. I spent twenty days without eating in Cooke City (not by choice). Around day fourteen I noticed that I could wiggle my teeth easily with my thumb. Well being an immortal young man at the time I paid very little attention to it until I developed a deep lesion on the roof of my mouth. Well I finally figured out that this thing was maybe bigger than I could handle by myself and I went to Gene Wade (remember Gene?) and showed him what was going on. Gene's wife ( Ruth ) cooked a giant meal for us, and I swear it was the best food I've ever eaten, (myself, and four other young men were all living down at the mansion at the time). I think this was around 1975. Well, Gene took off for Livingston "on business" and returned with jars and jars of vitamins and almost a months worth of food for the four of us. He never asked for money back, but as he had a small logging outfit and the sawmill and seeing that we were not opposed to work and refused all money I suppose that we paid him back in kind. This was at a time that I was attempting to separate myself from worldly G-ds and money was the most evil of all. But he always demanded that we take our pay from the guiding and packing that we did for him during the hunting season. Looking back I now realize that what he was saying was. "If you don't take this money I'm going to end up having to bail you guys out again in a few months... Kids can be so dense!. So after saving our lives once, he managed to find in his heart to do many more good deeds. Hauling one of us down to Livingston to get dental work. AND PAID FOR IT. Taking another down to the airport in Bozeman to catch a plane home when one of us had reached our limit of isolation and were just going BONKERS! I wish to make special mention of Mort and Betty who were always very kind and forgiving and to Ralph and Sue who gave us credit at the store. I have talked to Ralph now and then and he says that I don't owe anything on account, but I'm pretty sure he's lieing. Gene Wade has passed away, but not in my heart. Larry Brooks
Larry Brooks <lm2642002@yahoo.com>
Bend, OR. USA - Tuesday, August 05, 2003 at 09:46 PM (EDT)

real glad to find your site. I wrangled the B-4 back in the mid 1950s when it was a combined dude and kids summer ranch. I LOVED Cooke City: The Silver Dollar and Switchback Bars way too drunk one night, a friend and I chased a bear cub onto the Switchback's front porch!) Taking people on pack trips up to Grasshopper Glacier while working for Rodeo cowboy John Linderman. wonderful experiences. I'd love to know what became of the B-4 / if you, or any of your readers, have time to come on back, let me know.
randy eaton <randyeaton@wideopenwest.com>
plymouth, michigan USA - Monday, August 04, 2003 at 09:35 PM (EDT)

In September 1996 we had a wonderful night at the Alpine Motel in Cooke City, before we go to the Yellowstone Park. It was one the best days of our lives - the mountains, the silence, the freedom, peace and every luck of the world. We hope in our heart, we can come back to this lovely place one time ..... A+C Lüngen (Germany)
Christa & Adolf Lüngen <aluengen@web.de>
Neuss, Germany - Sunday, August 03, 2003 at 11:24 AM (EDT)

Cooke City is a beautyfull place I visited in Aug 2003. And will always go back. The best part is whilst you are in you car on your way to the city. The mountains are really nice. Although I did not get a change to have a stay over last year I will make sure that next time I will stay over for at least 3 days. Because it is all worth it. Regards PIETER
Pieter de Beer <dbeerp@hotmail.com>
Pretoria, Gauteng South Africa - Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 10:16 AM (EDT)

A summer without a visit to Cooke City is just a bit empty!
Beverly DeVore-Wedding <rawgear@quik.com>
Meeker, CO USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 08:56 AM (EDT)

We stayed in Silvergate MT on July 4th. The fireworks display was shorter than those we've seen around the big cities, but it SURE WAS THE BEST! Thanks to all you Folks!
Steve Parkin <spark@earthlink.net>
Amarillo, Tx USA - Monday, July 07, 2003 at 05:07 PM (EDT)

My parents died when I was quite young and I went to St Louis to live with an Aunt. In 1941 I stayed in Cooke City for 10 days babysitting her 3 children while she and her husband toured Yellowstone. I became friends with Sam Brady at the Store almost immediately and within a day or two he introduced me to a handsome 17 year old boy named John who was cutting timber near Cooke City. John was as smitten as I, and in January of 1942 he showed up on our doorstep in St Louis. John joined the Army to fight for our freedom and we became engaged the day before he left for basic training. Things were difficult after the war as John finished high school, earned a BS and finally completed medical school. Our first trip back to Cooke City was a glorious one. We returned to Cooke City about every two or three years. In 1967 we returned with the boots John had worn when he was cutting timber and buried them near Cooke City where he worked. John wanted something of his to remain in Cooke City for eternity. He passed away in 1996 but he will remain with me the rest of my life. I can feel his spirit fill with happiness when I visit Cooke City
Mary Hutchins
Lakewood, CO USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 11:19 PM (EDT)

I just wanted to say hello to some of my relatives who are visiting Cooke City. Have a wonderful time you all! Love ya lots, Andrea.
Andrea Snider
Morgantown, WV USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 06:49 PM (EDT)

I was just up to stay for one night. I always have a great time in Cooke City. Living in Denver it is nice to get away from the crowds. I had a great meal at the Soda Butte. I stayed at the Hoosier Hotel.
Kevin Johnson <kjohnson@mueller-yurgae.com>
Aurora, Co USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 12:21 PM (EDT)

Just got back from my first visit to Cooke City. Some in our party had been there before but I was a rookie. What an enchanting place!!!! Cooke City is the perfect base for visiting both Yellowstone and the Absorka/Beartooth wilderness areas. What a great town!! Everyone was so friendly especially Bev & Todd at the The Big Moose Resort. Our stay there was magical and we are already looking forward to our return trip. Thanks to all for such a pleasant and rewarding vacation!!!!
Kevin Quinn <kevinqu@adsnet.com>
Portage, IN USA - Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 09:40 AM (EDT)

We were in Cooke City on the 11th of June 2003. Loved it!!
Jane & Brenda Taylor <jtaylor@premier-industries.com>
Auburn, Wa USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 01:19 PM (EDT)

This summer marks our 11th straight year to visit Cooke City, and we have only scratched the surface. With any luck we will continue to visit for the next 20 years. The Alpine Motel has been our home away from home, as Gerlie and previous owner, Charlotte, have always made us feel like we belong here. I can't think of a summer without out afternoons at the Beartooth Cafe or a pizza at the Miner's Saloon. We were crushed when Joan & Bill's Cafe became history. Arriving early enough each morning to reserve our slices of homemade pie for our evening dessert was a sign that we were no longer "greenhorns", for the first-time customer expecting to find a piece of Joan's pie by dinner time would be sadly disappointed. We were pleased to find out that she still makes pies for the Soda Butte Inn. Now the Grizzly Pad provides our morning fuel, before we strike out on the day hikes and fishing adventures of the Beartooth and Yellowstone wonderland. The prospects of a summer without our pilgrimage to Cooke City is unthinkable. We just hope and pray that commerce doesn't spoil what we have come so far to enjoy. Marc and Tricia Niebergall
Marc and Patricia Niebergall <mtniebs@comcast.net>
Richardson, Texas USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 09:44 AM (EDT)

Hello, there in coooooke city!!! If you were there between june of 95 threw 98 you probably remember me as one of the Bon jovi boys...We had a few stupid drunk things but if you lived there through a winter ,I'm sure you understand..Anyways, I'm the tan one,...Joshua.My family owned the pine tree cafe.

joshua johmson <jspiritwood2003@aol.com>
taos, new mexico USA - Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 01:06 AM (EDT)

I visited Montana 4 years ago , and I sure fell in love with the place ! One of the most inspiring places we went was Cooke City . Both the location and the atmosphere are splendid ! Comming from a busy , crowded country like Belgium makes me appreciate a place like that even more I guess ... We have almost no wildlife , and very little nature is left (Belgium is 1/6 th the size of Montana , and 13 million people live there )and I truely hope that Cooke City and the rest of Montana will appreciate and protect all the beautifull things it has . I hope to go back to MT soon , and my biggest dream is to live there one day . What I loved most about Cooke City is the general store and the old fire-truck !! A big thanks to all Montanans . Hope to see you agein soon !
Annelies <montana_bucklebunny@hotmail.com>
Vorselaar , Belgium Europe - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 11:22 AM (EDT)

Found the Cooke City emails while searching for lodging in Cooke City. Will be visiting the area for the first time the at the beginning of September 2003. Have been looking forward to this since high school graduation. My daughter insisted we make the trip this year -- I guess before I get too old! I am so excited.
J D . Camden, Delaware USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 09:39 PM (EDT)

beautiful!
Marilyn Nordquist <mserp35539@aol.com>
ocean park, USA - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 01:49 PM (EDT)

Hi Mike, Thought your visitors might like to know that they can now get to Cooke City from Cody over the Chief Joseph Highway. The road has been plowed from the intersection of 212 into Cooke.
Steve Huston
Billings , MT USA - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 11:08 PM (EDT)

In 1964, while enroute to Yellowstone with a few friends following high school graduation, our car broke just a few miles from Cooke City. To make a long story short, we fell in love with Cooke City and remained the entire summer. I still correspond with several friends made in Cooke. I plan to visit this summer for the first time in 39 years. Thanks you for the wonderful pages
Robbie Jones <RBJ4323@hotmail.com>
Keokuk, IA USA - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 11:47 AM (EDT)

Spent a whole lot of my summers up there in our A-Frame by the Menueys. Sure miss Dave and Rosie! What are you up to Jeff? Mitch?
Rod Rasmussen <rrbluefin@hotmail.com>
Huntington Beach, CA USA - Friday, May 02, 2003 at 02:58 PM (EDT)

I worked there in the summers of 1967 and 1968 on the Beartooth Pass Highway for the old Bureau of Public Roads. We did alot of hunting and fishing. I remember the Union Station and plenty of nights playing cards and some original board games.
Jack Murphy
Baldwin , Me. USA - Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 09:22 AM (EDT)

Cooke City holds great memories for our family. We look forward to many more!
Andrea Blaylock <andreablaylock@bignetsouth.net>
Amory, MS USA - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 05:01 PM (EDT)

Cooke City is a wonderful place to stay and visit - i have stayed there numerous times on my visits to Yellowstone. I love Montana - and would like nothing more than to live there one day!!!!!!!!!!!!!
susan hubble <susan.hubble@brooks.af.mil>
san antonio, texas USA - Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 03:31 PM (EDT)

Thank you for the wonderful visit to Cooke City we experienced on your website.
Mary Sullivan <none>
Jefferson County, CO USA - Sunday, April 13, 2003 at 10:11 PM (EDT)

I have been going to Cooke City since before I could remember. I have a cabin close by in a town called Silvergate. I also live a mile away from the border of Yellowstone National Park. I hope I get e-mails from you.

Maggie Kingman <JasonCourtney@hotmail.com>
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin USA - Wednesday, April 09, 2003 at 06:18 PM (EDT)

Wow, what a blast from the past! I worked in Cooke City one summer, I believe it was 85. I was the waitress/dishwasher/cashier At Ma Perkins, working for Mort and Betty. At the end of the summer I was a flagger for the road construction on the wyoming section of the Beartooth Highway. What a wild summer it was! Going to Kersey Lake, Beef Lips, Exxon Jeff, etc. Does anyone remebember my dog Bonnie and the time she got into the porcupine? Also the bears that summer were right in the road all the time. I ALMOST quit school to stay on that winter. I was that close to becoming a local. I've been gone from Montana 9 years now and right now my husband and I are planning our move back.. Can't wait to show my kids Cooke City. We also have a cabin at East Rosebud Lake. We could walk to Cooke from there!! Hope to hear from some of you all from that summer.
Leslie Jones <ljones435@yahoo.com>
Coatesville , PA USA - Tuesday, April 08, 2003 at 08:33 PM (EDT)

My Dad was Tim Frey and my mother Rose Frey. Tim spent a lot of time in Cooke City in the early 70's and starting bringing us there every summer starting in 77. In early 81 we moved into a cabin right along the left side of the road as you first enter the city. I was 8 years old, my sister was 2 and my brother almost 1. There was so much snow we had to tunnel our way in to move in. We didn't even realize that there was a porch until the snow thawed. Tim worked at the Post Office with Gene Wade. I went to school in the one room school house where I was the 4th kid there. Wanda Mus was the friend that I played with and her dad was the teacher. We moved to Billings close to Christmas that same year. On March 1st Tim died in a Billings hospital of a brain tumor. Does anyone out there remember us? If so I would love to hear from you. Mindy

ps. we still get a letter from Jean Higham every year.
Mindy Frey <MinandMeg@AOL.com>
Orangevale, CA USA - Monday, March 31, 2003 at 02:36 AM (EST)

Ahhhh...Cooke city. I was employed at Yellowstone's Grant Village in the summer of 1998 with my buddy Olivia. We made a ton of fun friends. We were dragging our suitcases down the hall to our room, and people were spilling out into the hallway welcoming us, telling us to come down to their room and have a drink to settle in. Well, we drank alright... Of course, we were not aware of the effects of altitude and 100 proof Southern Comfort! We learned that one pretty fast. Anyway, in about August, some friends invited me to go camping up in the Beartooths. I was into it, so we drove up to Cooke City. We had lunch at (I don't remember the name) this large wooden lodge/bar/restaurant. It had slot machines, which I had never seen before, and looked like you could pack quite a crowd in there for a band or something. The food was great, and the beer was cold. I wish I knew what the name of the place we camped, but I'm going to try to describe it. I'm sure a hundred people have been there, as there was a fire ring built when we arrived at the spot. Up at the end of Cooke city, you can hang a left and take a dirt/gravelly road up the side of a mountain. It winds a little, but what I remember the most is bottoming the car out several times on the way up. Two of us had to get out of the car just so it could make it without being destroyed! That's what city folks get for driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse like that!! Most way up the mountain, you can hang a left onto one of many access drives that you come across... There's where we parked. Just ahead was a little babbling brook of cold natural water. The fire ring sits to the right, underneath a huge pine tree that bleeds sap and smells great. If you cross the brook, you can follow a trail up to an old abandoned mine. If you choose, (and we did)you can go past the mine and climb the crumbly rocky slope all the way to the top, and WOW!! A breathtaking view of Cooke City and the surrounding mountains! I had never been atop a peak like that before, and it felt like a triumph! The next day, we took the car the rest of the way up the road, and parked it. Great view of a valley here, and to the left of the car was a jut of rock looming over us with a smooth slope of snow covering it. We climbed up there and slid down on our sneakers!! What a blast! Imagine... snow on the ground, and 77 degrees in the air. The thing that got me the most, was that evening, while the sun was setting, the whole sky around us turned a vivid deep reddish pink/purple color that blew my mind. Oh, the beauty is impossible to describe... We never saw another person in the two days we were up there...I've never seen any of those people since that summer, except for Zach Baumer, who lived here in Indy when I moved here. That was the greatest time of my life, and I am trying to find a way to spend at least three weeks there in the summer. If anyone knows the name of the campin' spot I described, please let me know!! Love ya, Cooke City!! Kiss the Beartooths goodnight for me! xoxo
Nicky <nwhite@tcm-bai.com>
Indianapolis, Indiana USA - Saturday, March 29, 2003 at 01:20 PM (EST)

I'm looking to contact Hays Kirby of the Grizzly Lodge in Silvergate after working there in the summer of 1997. I had a brilliant time and never got to say thank you properly. The time I spent there was life altering and I regard my time there as the most fantastic time of my life even though I probably spent too much time in The Miners Saloon and the Range Riders. Top quality bars, double Stoly's on the rocks rule!! If anyone knows him tell him to send me an email, I want to know how he is getting on. Cheers
Dan Moore <daniel.moore@eco.co.uk>
London, England - Friday, March 28, 2003 at 07:05 AM (EST)

In the summer of 2000, and for a couple weeks around new years '01. I cooked at the Grizzly Pad, formerly the Pine Tree, and before that the Nordquist Cabins. What a blast. Partyed like crazy, It was my last year of drinking, I've been sober since 6/'01. I especially remember going to the softball games at Mammoth with the Cooke City Cream. I go back to visit in the summers, but can't stay long for fear of falling off the wagon. Especially with the Minor's saloon n all. I Would enjoy hearing from anybody.
Shane Johnston <choppertri72@yahoo.com>
Billings, Montana USA - Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 05:36 PM (EST)

Great site! I had the pleasure of visiting cooke for several weeks in 1999. I look forward to returning soon.
Steve Morgan <smorg@msn.com>
Red Bird, AL USA - Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 11:31 AM (EST)

Welcome Everyone. The entries below here are a collection I have received over the last few years. They are now part of our Guestbook. The date shown is incorrect in every entry as I added them all this date. I hope that when if you locate someone you worked with or knew that the email address is still correct.
Web Master <mjk@inkjetsaver.com>
Meeker, CO USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 03:10 PM (EST)

I spent the summer of 1993 working at the Bear Tooth Cafe. Had a blast-partied way too much, and learned a lot.
Amy Crooks <dcroft4tkd@attbi.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 03:07 PM (EST)

I spent a few weeks in Cooke City late in the summer of 1988 as a BLM fire crew foreman. Our crew, myself, Dot Vali, and Patty Smales, were out of the Elko District in Nevada driving one of the oldest engines (#1969) in our fire camp. We were part of a strike team of engines out of Nevada headed up by Fran Hull. It was a great experience and a beautiful place to be positioned. We spent time in both Cooke City and Silvergate. I had to head back to school before the fires were out. Patty stayed on until the weather turned bad, what a trooper! I took many photos of the area and the fire activity. I hope to take my family up to visit sometime soon. My kids are old enough now to really enjoy it there!
Mark and Marie Thomsen <thomsen@wolfenet.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 03:06 PM (EST)

My Mom and Dad (Dorothy and Gene Mays) ran the Range Riders Lodge in the summer of 1964. I was 11 or 12, and my Sister Patricia was 8. The totality of our wonderful experience and the utter enjoyment of living in this mountain wonderland for an entire summer, is forever etched upon my psyche. I used to hang around with Dennis Wade and we were probably the first two kids to swim in the indoor pool at the then brand new Watuck Inn. My parents brought entertainment to the Range Riders Lodge in the form of a couple of great O’l cowboy guitarists – one by the last name of Hightower and Dennis Rule was the other. On the weekends, there would be a larger band and people came in as far away as Cody to drink and dance. One of our bar maids, Brenda, almost married O’l Dennis. I remember Dennis was banned from Yellowstone for poaching, so he’d have to hide in the trunk of someone’s car in order to enter the park. You wouldn’t believe the on-going shenanigans that occurred on a typical weekend at the lodge. As for myself, on a typical day friends or family and I would go horseback riding down the old road between Silvergate and Cooke City, stopping along the way to rummage through the several old dumps – finding old whisky bottles from the turn of the century or check out the old park entrance. Another day we might hike up to one of the water falls or take a jeep ride up past the old ore crusher on the way up to Grasshopper Glacier. I remember Cathy Larsen who’s Father owned the Larsen Motel, directly across from the Range Riders -- which is still there under another name. Almost every night, the bears would come down and tear through the trash cans behind the lodge and we’d go out and holler at them. Some ran off, some didn’t. Mostly though, it was days of care-free fun in the sun, fishing and a splashing in the Soda Butte Creek, poking around, riding horses, exploring old mines, taking jeep excursions up in the wilds, plinking with my .22, and just doing all the really cool stuff a city boy like me never got to do in the city. I’ve been back through Silvergate / Cooke twice since 1964. Once in 1994, and again in 02. Unfortunately, both times, I only drove through, stopping just long enough to allow the visuals to reconnect with my childhood memories. I’m 48 now, and I am planning to move from California to Bozeman by my 50th. I will absolutely return to Silvergate frequently and spend some more quality time in this incredible corner of the world. Brenda, Lawn, Chris, Annette, Donna, Tom, Lowell, Bradley, Cathy Dennis et al – if you see this, please drop me a note.
Michael G. Mays <mgmays@comcast.net>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 03:05 PM (EST)

HELLO EVERYONE IN COOKE CITY!!!!! Especially everyone at the good ol Alpine Motel. I have alot of memories in the small little wonderland you guys call home. The last few weeks were kinda scary since practically the whole town wanted to murder me. i know i caused some troulble and i just want you guys to know I AM TRULY SORRY!!!! well have fun in your winter wonderland. I know i would if iwas there. creederators
Brandie <brandie21mt@aol.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 03:01 PM (EST)

Hello from Missouri!! We visited Cooke City for the first time this past summer as part of our vacation through Yellowstone, and can't stop talking about it. We took a 2 hour horse ride from the Skyline Ranch and loved it. My son is 10 and my daughter is 7, they were both in heaven for the entire 2 hours, and would've gone 2 more hours if they could've!!! They miss Junior and Charlie, thanks Harlin, for a memorable ride. We bought LOTS of souvenirs at the Trading Post. What impressed us the most about Cooke City was the beautiful scenery and comfortable, cozy feeling of your town!!! Several times a week my husband and I ask each other, "what do you think they're doing in Cooke City today?" We imagine ourselves in one of those log cabins along the route that we took on our horesback ride, with a big fire in the fireplace and a bottle of wine. We have plans to return someday, just the 2 of us for a romantic getaway!
Cathy Lehman <cmlehman@bethesdahealth.org>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 03:00 PM (EST)

Hi this is e-mail from Karol Paulicka, Martin Uram and Jana Adamcikova. Looks like we were first SLOVAKs (Slovak republic) who worked in Cooke City , MT. So we were kind of explorers and it was great. The summer 2002 has just ended and we are back to school at university in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. But we have plenty of great memories. Working at Beartooth Cafe we spent great summer there surrounded by beautiful nature and pretty and nice people. These are our greetings to Gary and Sabina Brown, Pat and Debie Mayers owners of Cafe, Scott, Vickie and "Mikaela" (sorry for spelling) managers, Paula , Craig and Phillip and Tiff as cooks and all the wait staff of summer 2002 : Bobbie, Kim, Audrey,Linda,Glen, Kathy, Terry, Brian. Regards to Bistro, Miners, Sinclair and Grizlli pad staff too. And of cours greatest girls from Yellowstone trading post !!! All great places with nice people. Thank you guys and see you next summer.
Karol Paulicka, Martin Uram and Jana Adamcikova <kajo_paulicka@pobox.sk>
., - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:58 PM (EST)

Shawna (Patterson) Koch - Hello, stumbled across the Cooke City website and had to add my story. I worked in Cooke City in 1987 at the 2nd Edition (Joan and Bill Humiston). My older brother Bob, was married to Patti Humiston at the time and my son (Shawn) and I lived out at Cooke Pass with Bob and Patti. I must say it was quite a summer, did a lot of partying (too much) at the Range Rider and the Elkhorn. What can I say? It was my summer for fun!! Anyway, I met my husband,(also a Bob) in Cooke City. We married in 1989 and have a 10 year old son. Bob had his horses and wagon in Cooke and was giving trail rides and wagon rides. We called him Cowboy Bob because there was my brother Bob and Bob Smith at the Sinclair across the street (called Bob Smith Crime Dog), all the Bob's was kinda confusing. Had a great summer that year, went into hunting camp (Frenchy's Meadow in the Slough Creek area) Bob shot a 7 x 8 and I helped him pack it out. Time of my life!! What I really remember most about that summer was absolutely dreading seeing Ronnie Wright and his crew come in the cafe because they always ordered steak and eggs and chocolate milkshakes!!!!! ARGH!! I didn't leave Joan and Bills on the best of terms, but I was a good employee and worked hard. I left knowing I was being true to myself and that's all that matters. All in all my summer in Cooke City was perfect, met and married my wonderful husband and have a happy home in Hamilton Montana. We go back once in a while and plan a trip sometime soon. Haven't kept in touch with anyone, lost touch with Patti after she divorced my brother, family loyalty and all that you know. I do remember a couple of names and faces, Patti's Aunt Ann- she was always really nice to me. And Stephanie, she was from Texas and her boyfriend worked for Ronnie Wright. Jeff and Bonnie, married students from Bozeman - don't know where they ended up. Well, I guess I've traveled far enough down memory lane. Enjoyed all your letters.
Shawna (Patterson) Koch <SKoch551@aol.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:57 PM (EST)

Jeni Hust - I worked at the Log Cabin Cafe during the summer of 1992 and lived in the loft upstairs at the Range Riders. I turned 19 that summer but told everyone I was 21 and did they let me drink?? Oh Yeah! I remember Beef Lips, "the annex" in Cooke that I think burned down, my favorite was carmel shakes at the Little Bear Drive-Inn! I'm from Nebraska and never in my life did I ever expect to be seeing snow and actually Sledding in the middle of summer! I've lost track of a lot of people I knew back then due to geography mainly, but does anyone remember Shawna Niles? For all of you that are still there, you are the smartest people I know. That is truly God's country.
Jeni Hust <JLHust@hotmail.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:56 PM (EST)

Melissa Forrester I worked out in Cooke City in 78 and 79. I went out with the gang from Ohio State to work the Watuck. That lasted about two weeks when two other gals, Jan and Sally and I went to work for Burggraf Construction. I have enjoyed reading all the stories, especially Marie Watts byline, I remembered everyone there. She left out the Kersey Kid, Harold Crabb and his on again off again wife Kim. I remember Kim trying to sing Silver Threads and Golden Needles with a band at Hoosiers one night. It was hilarious. Sitting by the campfire and letting Whisker Bill cook the cutthroat trout we caught up at Kersey Lake...the hotpots...the sauna on Daisy Pass...the fistfight and gunfight between Tom Hoe and Stan the Cook....the Grizzly Bears.....the DRINKING.....Jan the waitress..........What ever happened to Kathy from Missouri? Was it Branger who owned the cabins at the west end of town.....Did that house that Rusty, K.W. and all ever get finished? Wylie and his wife who pedaled from Canada on the Montgomery Ward's bike....Gene Wade..... I could go on forever, what fond memories...it seems like yesterday. In any event I actually made it through nursing school on my return to Ohio and have been in practice for twenty years. I love my career, but all the jobs I had in Cooke are the most favorite. Take care to all those people who we crossed paths back in those crazy days in Cooke. Fondly, Melissa P.S. I'd love to hear from you!!!!!!!!!!!
Melissa Forrester <m-forrester@msn.com>
., OH USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:54 PM (EST)

I have been coming to Cookecity every summer for years. Just got back from there last week. I never stay long but seems I just have to come through there. Cookecity is a beautiful place. All of you who live there should be real proud of it.
Mike Hunter <mikew@usit.net>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:53 PM (EST)

I took a Greyhound bus from Boston to Billings and worked in Cooke City for about six weeks in the summer of 1968 for Mrs. Nordquist who owned the Nordquist Cabins. It was my first introduction to rustic living and being 21 years old, it was quite an eye-opener for a "city girl". I didn't get to see much of the area as I was working all day cleaning the cabins for the guests that would arrive each evening. I've often wondered whatever happened to the cabins and to Mrs. Nordquist, but never knew how to find out. I've attached a picture that I took of some of the cabins that were part of the Nordquist cabins in 1968. I have a few others if anyone is interested.
Valerie Whisenhunt <valeriew@lanset.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:52 PM (EST)

I have been coming to Cooke City since I was a little baby, as a matter of fact, I was almost born up here. My parents owned what is now the Skyline Guide Service, the night I was born was the day of the horse trip and my mom barely made it to the hospital. I started working here in 1990 at Joan and Bill's and now I work at the Trading Post. I remember dancing the the Range Riders Lodge, sitting by the fires and singing songs nobody knew, and especially playing foosball at Miners. Cooke City has always been my home and will continue to be always.
Vicki Denniston <dennistonsvm@aol.com>
, USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:50 PM (EST)

I have been coming to Cooke City for six summers now. My first summer I lived with my buddy Aaron and his dog Dillon in Ewok Village. We made a campfire pit with seats all around. There were many nights when all the seats were full. Anybody who could play an instrument was included in the nights recital. Beer was usually present but the nights no one can remember well were usually ended in a bottle of Jaggermeister. The festivities usually went on to four in the morning with one or more persons sleeping next to the burning embers. But those Ewok days are over since the big money people bought it and now use it for nothing. There are a few skeletons of cabins remaining with memories locked up tight inside. Cooke City has been a great place to live. I found my wife here and we were married on top of Cooke Pass at the Jackson's Skyline Guide Service. What a great day. I am glad my daughter, Mikayla, is now seeing the town and getting some memories for herself. My wife Vicki has been coming here for twelve years now and has worked at Joan and Bills, the Yellowstone Trading Post, and the Beartooth Cafe. She would like to hear from any Joan and Bills workers from 90-95.
Scott Denniston. <dennistonsvm@aol.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:49 PM (EST)

I didn't work in Cooke City but I loved visiting the town. My daughter and I were summer employees at Yellowstone the summer of 2001. I worked in Reservations and Karen worked as hostess/waitress at the Mammoth Hot Springs Restaurant. Karen was a Yellowstone summer employee in '98 and after seeing her photos and hearing her stories, I knew I had to have that same experience. I did an on-line application a year before I knew I was available to go. I guess I never really thought about getting hired but when the postcard arrived saying my application was being processed, I knew it was time to tell Karen I needed her to go back to Yellowstone with me! It did not take much too persuade her to go back and to be my roommate for the summer in the Terraces dorm at Mammoth. It was truly the most awesome summer of my life - to live in Yellowstone,work there, and be able to see so much beautiful scenery. The BeartoothHighway had to be the best part of the whole summer. I literally wore my eyes out the first time we drove over there and crossed the highway over to Red Lodge. I felt as if we were on top of the world and guess what? WE WERE! We loved camping at the Beartooth Campground. We had lunch at a Bistro in Cooke City. A nice guy from the University of Tenn was working there - don't know his name but I think he played on the summer league ball team. I was wearing a tee shirt that said "East Tenn. State Univ." and when we walked in he shouted from the back of the restaurant, "oh, my gosh, I've got friends who attend East Tenn. State." He was very nice and we were disappointed he wasn't our waiter. Anyway....... I highly recommend everyone who can to take a summer off and work at Cooke City or Yellowstone. It will truly be the best time of your entire life! I think about it every day and this time last year I was there and not in this hot, dry, ugly eastern NC! I'm going back some summer to work again! Cooke City is the place!
Marsha Fleenor <fleenor4@hotmail.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:47 PM (EST)

Hello from Cottage Grove, Oregon! I worked at Mammoth waiting tables during the 2001 summer season and was able to make my way up to Cooke City and over Beartooth Pass. A coworker from Mammoth and I stopped and ate at the Beartooth Cafe and had a great time (and the food was awesome!). I cannot describe the beauty of that area. On top of Beartooth I believe, me and my pal, suffered complete sensory overload if that is possible. I'll be back to visit this summer.....several times. This site is great! Take Care, Rob Blom
Rob Blom <oregonmade@aol.com>
Cottage Grove, OR USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:46 PM (EST)

My first summer in Cooke happened to be the summer of '88; the year Yellowstone burned. I was working as a waitress for Joan and Bill at their restaurant in town. Most everyone working that summer left to fight fires, so those of us that stuck around were very busy as the town was filled with firefighters, smokejumpers, military personnel, and media. The community really pulled together in this trying period. That summer didn't scare me away though. I continued working in Cooke for the next three summers and even made it through (almost!) one winter. I held numerous jobs waiting tables at Joan and Bill's, bartending at Hoosier's and Miner's, and one summer Bill Somers even talked me into being the dump attendant. Or as others affectionately referred to me "the dump queen." The summers of '90 and '91 were spent working for Bernie and Phyllis Kiley at the Yellowstone Trading Post. I had the pleasure of working for two wonderful people and learned a great deal from them about business, life, and Cooke City. Bernie is now deceased and Phyllis runs the store. The awesome people, as well as the awe inspiring scenery of Cooke City has a very special place in my memories. I can't wait to get back home and have a good, long visit with the wise Cooke City-ites of my past. See you all soon.
Stephanie (Supola) Erdmann <fishon1@charter.net>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:44 PM (EST)

Hello from Newcastle, England I stayed in and around Cooke City for about a month during the summer of 1997 and had a fantastic time! I was visiting the area to collect some information for my dissertation on lake chemistry, so spent some of the time camping higher in the Beartooth Mountains, overlooking the Beartooth Highway. It is such a beautiful place and I have some wonderful memories and awesome photographs! In Cooke City I stayed with a group of american conservation students in a cabin opposite the Cafe which served the most amazing fruit milkshakes. I would love to and intend to visit again some time, hopefully with some friends as they would love it too!
Louise Phillipson. <louise@thephillipsons.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:43 PM (EST)

Hello from Newcastle, England I stayed in and around Cooke City for about a month during the summer of 1997 and had a fantastic time! I was visiting the area to collect some information for my dissertation on lake chemistry, so spent some of the time camping higher in the Beartooth Mountains, overlooking the Beartooth Highway. It is such a beautiful place and I have some wonderful memories and awesome photographs! In Cooke City I stayed with a group of american conservation students in a cabin opposite the Cafe which served the most amazing fruit milkshakes. I would love to and intend to visit again some time, hopefully with some friends as they would love it too!
Louise Phillipson.
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:42 PM (EST)

I have been reading all the emails from people like me who bonded with Cooke City while working there. I was a Waitress at Ma Perkins during the summer of 1974 and have been a frequent visitor since.
Donna Knutson. <doknut2@ctctel.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:41 PM (EST)

I lived in Cooke City during the summers of 1973 and 1974 and have some memories to share also. What a great "Cooke City" site! Thanks
Stacy Bang. <bang@pop.ctctel.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:40 PM (EST)

Carter Gowl. I worked for Gene Wade for three months in the summer of 1964. Our 6-8 man logging crew locally cut and milled all of the timber used to build the Watuck Lodge - later renamed the All Seasons and now the Soda Butte. The primary equipment used was an army surplus 1942 Chevrolet 2 1/2 ton truck with a winch and probably the original brake shoes. As I remember, the population of all three towns then was about a dozen people, but there were more saloons than presently. My family stayed at Whispering Pines (Ray Scholtz) in Silver Gate during a two week fishing trip every summer from 1946 (when I was old enough to remember) until 1963. Since 1991 I've spent 2-4 months every summer in Cooke City (plus an occasional winter trip) as a professional landscape photographer. I'm addicted to the Beartooths (Beartoothaholic?).
Carter Gowl. <cgowl@mac.com>
. USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:38 PM (EST)

You have a really cool site. It was very interesting to read the imput from others who have been here. I worked at the "Watuck" the summer of 1978 and married Vic Jackson (whose family has been in the Cooke Pass area since the mines were operating way back when...) and we've been here- giving horseback rides, guiding fishing and hunting every summer since. This is our first time to be open for business in the winter. It is awesomely gorgeous up here with the mountains in their snowy white dress. So, we knew Pat and Darrell Crabb, and were here the summer of the tragedy that took their son. David Menuey went to school up here with our daughter, who loved it when he brought his guitar to school. We knew of the young man in the snowmobile accident, and so, reading through your "guest book" really brought back some memories. Thanks for maintaining such a cool site featuring the place we love best.
Liz Jackson. <jacksonskylin@aol.com>
Cooke City, MT USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:36 PM (EST)

The summer of '77. What a summer! I was one of the "Ohio crowd" who went to Cooke city to work at the Watucke. Jim Schmidt, Audrey, Lynn Nuesse, Jane Hall and others came out as well. I ended up marrying Lynn in '82 and we had two girls. Lynn just passed away about 18 months ago. Wow the times we we had. Camping up at Goose Lake, going to the "Hot Pots" in the middle of the night, late nights at Ma Perkins or in Silver Gate. I remember the bears coming down in July and going through the garbage bins outside the Watuck every night around 11:30 or so. I cannot believe how much we drank that summer. Enough for a lifetime but it was great at the time. I have always wanted to get back to Cooke City with my girls to show them where mom and dad lived but have not made it back yet. I will though. I have travelled all over the world on business and Cooke City stands out as one of the most unique and beuitiful places I have ever been. If anyone from the summer of '77 sees this drop me a line..........Dan
Dan Dempsey. <Dan.Dempsey@ps.net>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:35 PM (EST)

I worked for Myron Hicks at Cooke Pass in the summers of 62 and 63. Was a young high school kid then, and got drunk for he first time that first year. Did a lot of hiking and fishing, and well, have never forgotten the area or the experience. The range Riders served anyone that could see over the bar in those days, and probably some that couldn't. I loved every minute of my two summers there.
Ken Cook- <dogshorsesandus@aol.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:33 PM (EST)

I Really enjoyed visiting the site. I worked out in Cooke City the summer of 1977. Worked for Gin in her Cafe. We stayed in some little cabins that they also owned. I remember Sue, and Vicki from Beulah ND (?). Myself, Barb Waloch and Kevin Bolander came from ND to work for the summer. There was a family that owned a leather shop from Kansas City. We flew out to visit them once. We Did a lot of partying and dancing at Silver Gate. During the Days off we took horses out for all day rides in the beautiful mountains, Did alot of hiking to the water fall behind the city as well as many other places in the area. Had a great time and made lots of friends that I am no longer in touch with sorry to say. We had the bear running around during the night as well as a few other animals. Was a great time.
Sandy Johnson <shanson@pioneer.state.nd.us>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:32 PM (EST)

You never "leave" Montana, especially Cooke City! If you have ever been lucky enough to live there, for any time at all, your memories by far exceed your stay. Those wonderful memories bring you close to always being there and haunt you to revisit frequently. In addition to the high country in all its splendor, the "fulltimers" past and present, Darrel and Pat, Jerry and Mary, Marcy and Delmar, Kelly, Wayne, Gary, Vicky, Bertie and Fred, Jeannie, Rickie, Susan, Mike, Larry, Kelly, Joan and Bill, Kenny, Bill and Betty, Dave, and of course Keith make up the mosaic of personalities you never forget. My stay was in the early 90's when the mining issue was in full swing, Pat and Darrel sold the All Seasons, Ma Perkins became a "grocery" and my life changed forever.
P. Machler <pattimanno@msn.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:30 PM (EST)

Hello, I just recently returned from a visit to my sister home in Cody, Wyoming and a visit to a friend's ranch in Sand Coulee, MT. We visited Cooke City three times in the 4 weeks that we were in the area (8/11/01 - 9/8/01) Cooke City is a beautiful place.....the beartooth highway is indeed the most beautiful scenic highway in the world! We enjoyed our visit to your town and look forward to being there again someday.............. best wishes to very friendly folks of Cooke City........!
Bob Desrosiers
Fall River, Massachusetts USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:29 PM (EST)

spent summers in Cooke since I was born and moved there to live with my father when I was 11 years old. I attended the same one room school house my dad and his siblings went to. Left Cooke at the age of 20 (1999). I have worked at the High Country Motel, the Log Cabin Cafe, the Beartooth Cafe, the Pine Tree Cafe, the Soda Butte, Ma Perkins, and Joan and Bill's. I also played guitar and sang at the Range Riders, Log Cabin, and Miner's Saloon from time to time. I've climbed Mt. Republic twice, snowmobiled all over the area, camped, fished, hiked, skied, snowshoed, snowboarded,-- and I know I've seen only a small fraction of what the area has to offer. Cooke City has very little use (tourism excluded) for the world around it and that makes it a very cozy place to live! P.S. -would love to hear from anyone I knew there! Anyone got a good Beef Lips story? hehehehehe!
David Menuey - <happyinabox@aol.com >
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:27 PM (EST)

I've been to Cooke City twice. In the summer of 1984 and again in 1986. Backpacked with a friend through the wilderness to the other side of he old ghost town of Independence. It will always be one of my fondest memories. I love this little town and am always hoping to go back. It reminds me of pictures of the Alps.
Terry Marshall <terrym@wt.net>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:26 PM (EST)

I spent summers in Cooke from '73 ~ '78. My folks Mort & Betty owned several businesses there over the years. I just want to say thanks for your labor of love. It is truly a gift to anyone who was there because.....well, it's Cooke City. My favorite time of my life there had to be summer of '78. God bless all those beautiful girls from Ohio. I just wanted to say thanks!
Gary Hauck <gchauck@home.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:25 PM (EST)

Went to silvergate back in 1978 and stayed with the Batemans. Had a crazy old son that went by the name of Bones! lost contact few years back wondering if he still comes around? Will be making the trip back first week of August was hoping to maybe run into him for some good old memoirs.Thanks from the pineywoods of louisiana.
Anita Harvey <harve544@bellsouth.net>
LA., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:23 PM (EST)

I have operated Blain Gallery, in Cooke City for ten years now, and was introduced to the area back in 1955 while working for Myron Hicks at his Cooke Pass resort. I spent two summers there,and the summer of 1957 I cleaned cabins for Sam and Euphie Fouse at Shaws Camp in Cooke City,(which was purchased by John and Neva Green a few years later). That summer we had bears raid the garbage cans at night. We lived in the little square cabin up the hill behind the lodge. Coming hame after dark we often tried (unsucessfully), to shoo the bears away so that we wouldn't have to clean up the mess the next morning. Why do I remember that as being a practical Idea? My husband and I purchased an old cabin in 1986 and opened Blain Gallery in 1991. It"s a favorite place in the world to me! If you get to Cooke City please stop and see us. Mary Blain
Mary Blain <ackard2@aol.com>
Billings, MT USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:52 PM (EST)

I was in Cooke City and Silvergate area in early 70's. Did a 2 week walkin to Grasshopper Glacier and wilderness in August 72' I think. Fell thru a snow covered creek by the lake before the pass to top of glacier. What a time. Woke to bear dung in front of tent one morn. Fishing them little lakes and looking out over gods country. What a time. Left our names in a jar on mound in middle of glacier. That still there if anyone know?Went back year or so later and got married to first wife at a little chapel by a lake between Cooke and Silvergate. Did a honeymoon thing at Range Riders lodge. Think the church was Mt. Republic or something. These place still standing? Wanna see the RR lodge if still there and fine as it was. I want to show the kids this summer what a fine place the tri state area is.There was a "Top of the World" something on the pass to Red Lodge too. That area is my favorite of all the US. Want to come back this August. Would appreciate any update on area. Regards, your friend in Texas Jack "Buzzy" Gibson
Jack Gibson <jack.gibson@EPSIIA.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:51 PM (EST)

Oh how SWEET IT IS!!!!! Beautiful, wonderful, and unforgettable COOKE CITY. I have so many memories of spending a special part of my life there. It will always be a better part of my life, and I thank you. Hello to all. Enjoy a little piece of heaven cause in Cooke City it's right out side your door.
Roxi Beck <rockyroad@fargocity.com>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:50 PM (EST)

Hi - I worked at the Beartooth Cafe during the summer of 1992, doing some waiting and a little cooking. I turned 21 while I was there and celebrated at Miner's Saloon. Man, I was a messed up kid, too, but luckily got my act together. I actually got in a wreck on the highway just north of town while I was there. Is Kelly still running the Beartooth Cafe? Are the Beef Lips still around?
Todd Wilson <toddw@postmark.net>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:49 PM (EST)

I waited tables at the "All Seasons Inn." For 3 or 4 Years. The last 2 as the restaurant manager. So I got to know the summer workers from a unique perspective. Please don't call in sick. Please don't show up drunk. Please be bathed. Oh yes, The good old days. Every day that I was there I truly felt blessed by just the magnitude of the beauty. I now am the Beverage manager for 'The Wrigley Mansion Club" in Phoenix Az. I'm always tempted to go back for 1 or 2 more summers since it's so slow at the mansion. My last year as a drinker was the first summer I spent in Cooke City. I had lots of great stories about my escapades those last few months. I've been sober for 7 years now and I feel I went out with a Bang. I would love to hear from anybody.
Jeff Karasek <Walr661530@aol.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:47 PM (EST)

Hi All Cooke City Renegades! I just read the "Cooke City Page", it's great! I was in Cooke in the Late 1970s and 1980's. I worked for Mort and Betty - when the bar was in the back room and there was no "Elkhorn Saloon" (and now has an even different name and owner), Wayne and Gin (Before it was "Crazy Mama's, then later Cooke Pass Cafe 2, now?), Davie and whats-his-name that ran the Cooke City Corral Cafe - which is no longer a cafe. Cliff Anderson was a cook at the Cooke City Cafe then. He's dead now. So is Mort. Last time I was there, Betty had changed Ma's into a grocery store. All those good folks fired me at one time or another, and I don't blame them a bit: I was pretty bad! BUT BOY DID WE HAVE SOME FUN IN COOKE CITY!!!!! Does anyone remember Cheyenne, with his trailer, "Turtle"? I guess he bought a motorcycle, changed his name to "Wrench", moved to Red Lodge (or?), got married and started beating up his wife. (That's rumor: I don't know it for a fact, but it fits). Anyone remember when Stan (Stan the man) cooked at Ma's? He wore jeans with the knees out, two knives on his belt, motorcycle boots, a sleeveless undershirt, a long pony tail with a headband. He smoked in the kitchen and let the ashes fall onto the grill... Before that the old guy with an old Jeep Wagoneer, Old Bill??? cooked (and drank) at Ma's. He's gone now too. I'll never forget Ma's waitress Jan, careening off the walls between the bar and the cafe. She liked to take her brakes in the bar. Another waitress at Ma's, beautiful, blond Roxie, who's father told her she "was born on a Kansas wheatfield, and would die on a Kansas wheatfield." Remember Sprout? She worked for Ma's for a LONG time! What was that guy's name that owned the (Used to be the Watuk) All Seasons Inn - which is now something else? I can't remember his name, but I can remember him running a bunch of us out of his place, and telling us we couldn't "ever come back!!" It had something to do with a broken picture window in front of his building... Any one remember Guy and Jim, the twins? Last I heard Jim was a preacher in Great Falls, and Guy lived in the Bitterroot. Someone out there might remember my son: Jeff Barnett -- he worked at the Cooke City Corral, Bill and Joan's at the Pass, Log Cabin Cafe in Silver Gate, and a bunch of other places over the years. He LOVED Beef Lips -- but so did we all! He was a friend of Vicki and Crazy Bob -- who was later badly injured in a snow mobile accident. Also, my daughter Anna -- who was known as Pack-Head at the time, spent her summers in Cooke. Actually, she also went to school in Gardner one year when we stayed through the Fall. Her first job ever was at the little drive in food place, Two Bears -- was that the name of it? She was about 12. Do you remember Jim Greenley? He was an outfitter and a bad news guy in the early '80s. Had a son named Rick, I think. They were from Alaska. Do you remember Kenny Busch -- he tended bar at Mort's. And then there was Rickie, a Hell-raising bartender at Mort's. Can't remember a whole lot about her except her gold tooth, but she sure had some stories to tell! Remember the cabin on Lulu? I spent one whole summer there, doing laundry in the creek with red water, chasing off souvenir hunters with my .22 rifle, using the mickey-mouse (but cool) sauna, firing up the three, count 'em three wood stoves in the cabin when it got cold. I didn't steal any of the wood stoves, but later on someone else did. Anyone recall Bill Hansen, Bob Watts, Gene Wade and the mine exploration that took place in the early 80's on Daisy Pass? They used the "Old Post Office" as their headquarters. That was just the beginning of the recent mine fiasco in Cooke City. Last, but not least, I remember the terrible accident between Cooke City and Silver Gate that took the lives of several young people who were there for the summer -- now there forever. Well, I want to thank you for getting me to recall the "good old days" at Cooke City. If anyone has any UPDATES on the events and people I knew, I'd LOVE to hear about it!!!! e-mail me at bobwatts@montana.com. Sincerely, Marie (Harris) Watts, also known as "Cooke City Slugger" which in itself indicates some of what was going on during those years.
Marie (Harris) Watts <bobwatts@montana.com>
Stephenson, MT USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:45 PM (EST)

Ken Vlasak Greetings from Spokane, WA. I delivered bread to Cooke City and northern Yellowstone Park for ten years with Sweetheart Bread, and have great memories of Ralph and Sue (Cooke City Store), Bill and Joan (Bill & Joan's Cafe), and all the great folks of Cooke City. Great to see all who are still alive and kicking. Love ya all. Tell em Ken, Vicky, and all the kids say HI!!!!!
Ken Vlasak <kmcpickl@ieway.com>
Spokane, WA USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:43 PM (EST)

I worked for the Bureau of Public Roads in 1965. It's been many years, but many memories remain of Cooke City. It's hard to explain the effect the town has on a person, but it is genuine.. I remember turning the lights and engine off on the old 55 chevy and coasting downhill to the trash cans on the backside of Shaw's Lodge where we turned the lights back on and watched the bears go crazy. The speed and agility of those animals was impressive. I remember walking an hour in the woods and finding a cabin inhabited with the first Hippies I had ever seen. They were playing a Bob Dylan album on an old record player. True peace was in their hearts. I remember Nick, the Russian man who owned the 76 station. A kind and gentle man. I remember the band Peter and the Wolves who toured the park. I remember "Corky", the local mechanic. I remember the annual "Fish Fry" in Silvergate. I remember returning to my trailer house after a short absence and lighting a cigarette as I stepped in the door. The blast from the propane blew me back 20 feet! I remember when the Watuck lodge was built. We were betting that it would never last - being built in that location. We watched dump truck after dump truck depositing their load over the bank for fill. It's now been 35 years and it's still standing strong! My fondest memory has to be of the Cooke City store with Sam Brady and his Sister Betty.
Mike Kay <mjk@inkjetsaver.com>
Meeker, CO USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:42 PM (EST)

Hi: I enjoyed your page. Back in the 1950's when I was a young child, my family paid several summer visits to a friend of my Daddy who owned a motel there in Cooke City. The man's name was Jimmy Beavers, and the motel, I think, was called Beaver Lodge. It backed up to the river, as I recall, and we always stayed in one of the end units that looked back across the mountain. There was a restaurant next door to the motel, and the owners had a little girl about my age. We played down by the river.In the mid-70's, my husband and I and our then-only son visited Cooke City again, but we didn't stay there that time. At that time, I thought I found the place where we used to stay, but I think only about half of it was still there, and I was told there had been a fire years before.As a child, I was fascinated by the general store in Cooke City, because of all the different kinds of items it offered. I think that was just across the street, maybe a bit catty-corner to the motel. The man who ran it at the time wrote my name in calligraphy. Being from a small Texas town, that was the first time I had ever seen anyone do calligraphy.I have many happy memories of visits there, but as you can tell, time has faded the details. I just feel a pleasant glow when I think about it. The whole area is so beautiful. I was in awe of the Beartooth. The first time we drove over it, my Daddy let out an audible gasp, at one point, having just gotten his first glimpse of Pilot and Index Peaks. It seems he had had a picture, actually of the very scene he was then looking at, on the wall in his office because he thought they were so beautiful, but he had never really been sure where they were. I would like to visit again someday soon. Do you know anything about the Beaver Lodge, or if any part of it is still standing today? Is there another lodging of some sort in that approximate location? I would love to stand by that river and look back at that mountain again. Or maybe I've just put that image together in my head! I'm sure it's all changed after all these years, too, but it is such a pretty picture in my mind's eye.Thank you for your time in reading this note, and for the time it took to put this page together!
Marcy Porter <marcyp@ghg.net>
. , USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:39 PM (EST)

Hey, there! Mike and Beth Sawyer worked in Cooke City in the summers of 91 and 93. Mike waited tables at the Beartooth Cafe and bartended at the Miner's Saloon Casino and Emporium. Beth slung pizza for Larry at Miner's in 93 and at the Beartooth in 91. We now live in Evanston, IL.
Mike and Beth Sawyer <beerzurk@ibm.net>
na, USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:38 PM (EST)

Shirley A. Rush I found your photo of Cooke City very interesting. My grandmother's sister was the first white woman born in Cooke City. My great grandmother's husband had owned a hotel and bar there (probably around 1890) and after making a man leave due to drunkeness, the man came back and shot and killed him. My great grandmother's parents had taken her and her sister on a wagon train from Raleigh N.C. after the Civil war. My great grandmother's sister died and is buried somewhere around Mammoth Hot Springs in the park. Needless to say, these stories and Cooke City have been with me for a long time. Thank you for the photo. Sincerely, Shirley A. Rush Fairfield, CA
Shirley A. Rush <rushes54@pacbell.net>
na, USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:35 PM (EST)

I spent the summer of 1994 as a nanny for my aunt, Kathy McNair, who was interning as minister of the Mt. Republic Chapel of Peace between Cooke City and Silvergate!!! We had the best time, and wish we could go back! Miss everyone there! Anyone remember us? We were the ones who had the country dancing party at Range Riders Lodge.
Jennifer Lauver <jlauver@kpmg.com>
na, USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:34 PM (EST)

I spent the summer of 1994 as a nanny for my aunt, Kathy McNair, who was interning as minister of the Mt. Republic Chapel of Peace between Cooke City and Silvergate!!! We had the best time, and wish we could go back! Miss everyone there! Anyone remember us? We were the ones who had the country dancing party at Range Riders Lodge.
Jennifer Lauver <jlauver@kpmg.com>
na, USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:27 PM (EST)

Worked for John and Neva Green at Shaw's Lodge, summers of '64 and '65.
Connie Hupka (Hyem) <chupka@montana.edu>
Bozeman, MT USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:26 PM (EST)

I doubled as a waiter at the Beartooth Cafe as well as honorary Sheriff in the summer of 93.
Nate Sawyer <natesawyer@earthlink.net>
na, USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:23 PM (EST)

Great site!! I grew up in Cooke in the early 80's. My mother leased Ma Perkins cafe from Betty and Mort. This site brings back so many memories. Thanks so much!! I will sit here in MN listening to my "Beef Lips" cassete and ALWAYS be thinking of my old "home" (JoAnne Hartman) was my mother.
Scott Tuenge <tuenge@tekstar.com>
NA, USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:22 PM (EST)

Worked for BPR in 1965 and 1966.
John Yackey. <jyackey@phoenix.net>
Houston TX, TX USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:21 PM (EST)

Worked at the All Seasons Inn during the summer of 1990. Great Time and great People!
Phil Neuhoff <neuhoff@pangea.stanford.edu>
na, USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:19 PM (EST)

I too have been to cooke, i worked at Joan and Bills Cafe over the summer and i also worked in Silvergate at the Pine Edge Cabins. I met some wonderful friends here and i am hoping to go back this summer. it's a beautiful place filled with beautiful people. --I too have been to cooke, i worked at Joan and Bills Cafe over the summer and i also worked in Silvergate at the Pine Edge Cabins. I met some wonderful friends here and i am hoping to go back this summer. it's a beautiful place filled with beautiful people. --
emily ke goyer <ucgoy@worldnet.att.net>
na, USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 01:18 PM (EST)

Welcome to our newest format. Many of these entries have been collected over the years, but added all at once to the Guestbook. The date on many will be incorrect.
Michael Kay <mjk@inkjetsaver.com>
Meeker, CO USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 12:47 PM (EST)


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