In the old days, rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park did just about everything, from building cabins to installing telephone lines to catching poachers.
Two experts, Pat Yeager Washburn and Don Stewart, will talk Saturday evening about what life in Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone National Parks used to be like. Washburn is the daughter of Dorr Yeager, the park’s first chief naturalist and author of the novel Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger. Stewart is a ranger in the park and will play the role of Bob Flame. The book, released in 1935 and again last year, recounts fictional ranger Bob Flame’s rescues, encounters with criminals and patrols in the mountains, which are based on real incidents that Yeager and his friend, John McLaughlin, the park’s chief ranger in the 1930s, handled.
“I realize that much of my fascination with the thinly veiled fictional character of Bob Flame is my own joy at having grown up as a ranger kid in that era,” Washburn said.
Signed copies of the new edition of the book will be for sale at the program.
The program, which is free and open to the public, was given in June and is back by popular demand, according to park spokeswoman Kyle Peterson. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, west of Estes Park on U.S. 36, just before the park entrance.