Ronald Switzer

Ron Switzer worked at the National Park Service for 44 years, starting as director of the artifact lab preserving the cargo of the Steamboat Bertand. He later served as Superintendent of several National Parks including Mesa Verde, Jean LaFitte (New Orleans), Big Thicket National Preserve, Mammoth Cave, and Buffalo National River. 

Mr. Switzer is the author of numerous journal articles and several books including The Steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River Commerce (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013) and When Justice Came to the Plains - Judge William Gaslin Jr. and Frontrier Law in Nebraska 1876-1889 (2014).

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On its way to gold fields in Montana, the riverboat sank in the Missouri and its hull and cargo eventually covered with mud. The author helped recover more than 200,000 Civil War-era artifacts from the remains of the Bertrand after they were found in a Nebraska cornfield. Read >>

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