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Getting Around in Glacier National Park
  • ISBN: 9781634992923
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Getting Around in Glacier National Park

Author(s): Mike Butler
Getting around in Glacier National Park was quite difficult for early travelers seeking to experience its towering mountains, deep glacial valleys, and extensive lakes.

With Glacier’s location in the far northwestern corner of Montana, just getting to the park when it was formed in 1910 was a challenge for travelers. To meet this challenge, the Great Northern Railway brought early tourists to this remote location, transporting visitors to its East Glacier and West Glacier stations.

From these entry stations, tour buses took passengers to majestic hotels which the Railway built at East Glacier, Many Glacier, and Waterton Lakes.

Visitors seeking adventure within the park could then take horseback trips from the hotels to remote chalets, also built by the Railway. Boats plied the waters of Glacier’s lakes, taking tourists to chalets and hiking trails.

Over 900 miles of trails were built across the park. Finally, as automobile travel gained in popularity, the magnificent Going-to-the-Sun Road was completed across the Continental Divide at Logan Pass in 1933.


Mike Butler  is a retired administrative manager for the Denver Parks and Recreation Department. Since retirement, he has written five books for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series: Around The Spanish Peaks; Great Sand Dunes National Park; Southern Colorado: O.T. Davis Collection; Littleton; and High Road To Taos. The author is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, with a bachelor of science in education degree, specializing in geography and history. He taught in secondary schools before starting work for the city of Denver. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

ISBN: 9781634992923
FORMAT: Paperback
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
DATE: 2/22/2021
STATE: Montana
SERIES: America Through Time
PAGES: 128
DIMENSIONS: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)