In the Early 1940's the Area Around Elk Lake Resort Came to the Attention of the World - Because of a Famous Visitor
"The Real Jane Russell - The Public Met Her as a Billowy and Exotic Siren, Click Finds She's a Regular American Girl"
"A year ago all anybody knew about Jane Russell was that she was a lushly-shaped Los Angeles school girl best described by 'wow'. Then Howard Hughes discovered her for The Outlaw. So during the filming of Hughes epic of Billy the Kid, the nation's press was fed bales of 'wow' pictures and reams of 'wow' copy about Jane Russell. The 'wow' Jane Russell became famous even before the release date of The Outlaw. The real Jane Russell, another girl entirely, was still a mystery. CLICK ignored the 'wow' pictures, waited for a chance to find out what Jane Russell was really like. On these pages we introduce her as she really is, on a flying vacation in Montana. . .the place is Chet Elliott's Slash E Ranch near West Yellowstone, where Jane and her mother had often visited before.
"In other years Jane had gone by train, but she's a busy girl now. . .At the ranch in the mountains, her old stomping ground, CLICK discovered the real Jane Russell. She proved to be a regular American girl, who not only has fun wearing cowboy clothes, but really knows her way around a ranch. When the party went fishing - a journey involving horseback riding, being ferried across Elk Lake, and mixing some rough country hiking with strenuous jolting in an ancient car -- Jane was still energetic enough to begin eating before the others. Jane Russell on horseback, climbing a fence, or going fishing, turned out to be more fun than even Jane Russell before the movie cameras."
In a couple of photo captions from the same article, CLICK reported, "At Hidden Lake, Jane, Jack, and Host Elliott took one boat and Jane proceeded to show her prowess with the trout rod. A 25-mile trip into the back country to Fay Selby's cabin was necessary to reach the best fishing. The guide pioneered the way to the lake." And, in another photo caption, "Impatient Jane caught the first rainbow, a two pounder. . .[final tally] 20 pounds of trout."
Although CLICK magazine appears to have disappeared into the remote corner of some dusty archive, Selby Resort has only improved. Making the transformation from Selby Resort, a few small cabins nestled on the 'back-side of nowhere', to Elk Lake Resort, a few small cabins - still nestled on the 'back-side of nowhere' - little except the comfort level has changed at the Resort or in the area.
Jane Russell's glory days may be behind her, but Elk Lake Resort is just getting better!