History of the Bob Marshall Wilderness –
Bob Marshall (1901-1939) was a man of many talents. The early forester, author, explorer, wilderness preservation pioneer, and Wilderness Society co-founder was an avid leader for the protection of wild lands and pristine landscapes. Marshall died at the early age of 38 from heart failure. In spite of his heart condition, he logged many hikes of up to 40 miles in a single 24 hour day. Before he died he was able to lay out the preliminary plans for the wilderness area.
In 1941, not long after Marshall died, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Henry A. Wallace, designated the 950,000 acres surrounding the South Fork of the Flathead(established 1931), the Sun River (established 1935), and the Pentagon (established 1933) as Primitive Areas (later to become Congressionally designated Wilderness Areas). To honor the memory of the man who fought so valiantly to protect the area, it was officially named the Bob Marshall Wilderness on September 3, 1964, when Congress passed the “The Wilderness Act”. The “Bob” has received constant protection under this Act ever since and is a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.