Swiss Chalets and Grand Glacier Lodges

  Travelers need a destination and railroads need passengers. From this symbiotic relationship, Glacier Park’s infrastructure was born. Chalets, trails, lodges, boats and roads were constructed—all added to appease the wealthy Eastern traveler accustomed to month long European getaways.

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Going to the Sun, A Road Well Traveled

As the story goes, writer James Willard Schultz and a Blackfeet friend coined the name for the world’s most famous road. While butchering a ram on a high peak, the two discussed that the peak would make an ideal spot for a vision quest and the name Going to the Sun was created.

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Early Camping Bough Beds

  Yes, before air mattresses (and even during the era of early air mattresses) 1900s camping expeditions relied on the stuff available in forests everywhere—boughs for bough beds. While we may romanticize the term, the difference between reality and romance makes one grateful.

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First Auto Races Uses Glacier as its Finish Line, 1902 - 1913


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Glacier Geology and How It Inspired Artists

Artists, photographers and writers have long sought Glacier Park for inspiration. 

Before that, tribes danced on the shores of her lakes or sought mountaintops for spirit quests.  

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The Infamous Ranger of Yonder Years

Two hours after being found guilty of poaching, ex-park ranger Joe Cosley fled by snowshoe into the Belly River Valley. Ranger Joe Heimes pursued a different route to catch him....

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Hiking The North Circle Trail

Tourists rode horses to see the park in the early days—led by dude wranglers garbed in cowboy hats, spurs, and chaps. From Many Glacier, the North Circle Trail provided a five-day trip with lodging at established tent camps operated by the Park Saddle Company that ran the horse concessionaire from 1915 until its folding in 1943.

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Bygone but Beautiful Steamboats of Flathead Lake
Bygone but Beautiful Steamboats of Flathead Lake

It’s a bygone but beautiful era, when the stately line of a steamboat was more than just romance or nostalgia. In 1890, steamboats reigned supreme because they were the most reliable and comfortable form of transportation in the Flathead

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When Art Met Nature via the WPA

Graphic art was an art in its infancy when the America's New Deal dealt many illustrators and artists a weekly salary to raise morale and extol the virtues and values of a country. The Works Progress Administration also allowed art and artists the chance to capture and inspire America in during its toughest times, the 1930s

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A Boat with a View
A "Glimpse of Grandeur"
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