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By Alexander Drummond

Enos generators (1870-1922) was once the integral voice of the Rocky Mountains within the early many years of the 20 th century, and he accomplished status as a naturalist and nature author, conservation pioneer, lecturer, and mountain adventurer. "Enos generators: Citizen of Nature" is the 1st full-length exam of generators and his paintings, an incisive account of a posh, arguable, and infrequently tough guy who touched thousands of lives in his time and whose legacy has nice relevance this present day.

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4Once in the public arena, Mills fought for his causes until he dropped, almost literally in his tracks, at age fifty-two. " Historians, one should hope, would prick up their ears at mention of a "tragic figure'' and go at once to investigate. "5 Page 6 Esther Burnell Mills (1889-1964), Mills's wife for the last four years of his life, did just that. She gathered and published Mills's remaining writings, adding three posthumous volumes to the dozen already in print. She continued to operate his famous Longs Peak Inn until 1945, maintaining its unique character.

I am indebted to Elizabeth Mills, granddaughter of Enos Mills, for making the files of the Enos Mills Cabin Collection (at the original homestead site) freely available to me, late, but not too late, in my research process. These materials, only now being given sufficient order for scholarly use, are a valuable supplement to the Mills Papers donated by the family to the Denver Public Library in the 1960s. My relations with the Mills family have been for the most part shaky, worsened by my probing into sensitive areas.

Yet Muir, once Page 3 in his life, became the polestar on which he set his distant, if not his daily, course. Muir was, in fact, more of an abstract inspiration than a readily available role model. There was far less substance to the personal connection than Mills liked people to suppose. Their correspondence was scanty, probably not beginning until 1902; it was always brief and never discussed ideas. Muir never managed to visit Mills in Colorado, even after Mills's famous Longs Peak Inn attracted notable leaders in many fields, including naturalists of stature.

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