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Spotlight on Stewart Nash - surveyor, historian, author and Rotarian

Submitted by vsample on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 06:12

Stewart Nash was schooled in Preston, Idaho and later in Twin Bridges, Montana.  At the age of 17, Stewart began surveying and became a licensed surveyor at the age of 30. After trying his hand at sales, services for realtors and microcomputers, he kept coming back to what he knew best - surveying. Stewart has worked all over the Northwest USA and Canada.

Stewart eventually took a job in Helena with WWC Engineering as their Lead Surveyor and was the Broadwater County Examining Surveyor for a few years. According to Stewart "Townsend suited Sandy and I as a place to live, making the daily commute to Helena for work a small price to pay to live in a smaller city. Once retired, it has become our favorite community".

Stewart joined the Townsend Rotary because he wanted to make a contribution to the community. Researching Rotary International, Stewart was impressed with their world-wide projects and saw Rotary as an opportunity to contribute his time and talents both locally and abroad as well as a chance to meet like minded individuals in the Broadwater County community and the world as a whole.

In his free time, Stewart enjoys fishing, hunting, archery, gold panning and travelling -- and writing books.

To date, Stewart has published 7 books - the latest being his biography of John Mullan available from Bygone Era Books (Bygone Era books|John Mullan). In addition to his books Stewart has published three articles for the Gold Prospectors of America Association, a quarterly magazine.

Stewart's best known book is "The Last 300 Miles" an historical novel about the construction of the Collins Overland Telegraph, a race with the Atlantic Cable to reach Europe first in the 1860's in northern British Columbia. The book was a best seller in British Columbia when it first came out.

"The Copper Shield" is Stewart's favorite of the books he has written. According to Stewart, "The Copper Shield" reveals the indigenous people of northwest British Columbia like no other has done in a novel. Some local First Nations people in the very area it takes place offered advice and a friend called the Copper Man actually loved it and learned things about his own people within its pages.

Books by Stewart Nash: