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James Willard Schultz

New Yorker James Willard Schultz (1859-1947) traveled to Greer, Arizona, as a young man and decided to live the rest of his life in the West. In Arizona, he married a Native American woman of the Blackfeet tribe, raised their son, and wrote adventure books, such as My Life as an Indian (1907), which sold more than a million copies. In total, by the end of his life, he was the author of 37 books, most of which were published by Houghton, Mifflin & Company in Boston.

His son, Lone Wolf (Hart Schultz), became America’s first Native American oil painter to sell his works on a large scale. Many notable people purchased his paintings, such as dukes and the wives of two United States presidents.

To learn more about James WIllard Schultz and see images from his life, visit his biography page on the Butterfly Lodge website at https://butterflylodgemuseum.org/james-willard-schultz.

Take a look at a free e-book, Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park, available through www.gutenberg.org on the author’s page. Another book worth reading is this e-book: Gold Cache, courtesy of the Heritage History website (http://www.heritage-history.com/index.php).

Read more about the writer, explorer, guide, and trading post operator through our Montana Author Adventures page.

Butterfly Lodge

The Schultz family’s “Butterfly Lodge,” built in 1913, is in a forest just outside of Greer. For visitor information, see butterflymuseum.org.

Greer is a popular vacation destination and has fewer than 50 residents. It is approximately four hours east of Phoenix, near the New Mexico border.

The Lodge captures the historical time when the Schultz family resided there. Today, it is also made available as a wedding venue for destination weddings. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This is the final stop on our Arizona Author Adventures Trail!

Patricia Smart