John Clayton is a contributor to Writers on the Range, writersontherange.org, an independent nonprofit that promotes lively dialogue about the West. He lives in Montana and is the author of several books including "Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands."
Although I’ve lived in a small Western town for 30 years now, I have never known much about one of its fundamental institutions, the service club. Many small-town residents still center their lives on Lions, Elks, Rotary or similar organizations. Not me: I’m not a joiner. Yet as our national culture moves further away from […]