Thursday, May 03, 2007

Glacier Park Anniversary?


...and maybe something else you didn't know!

Actually, this is a belated anniversary wish as it was 75 years ago (yesterday May 2nd.) that Glacier National Park and Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta were joined together to form the world's first International Peace Park.

Glacier Park was first created by earth's geologic upheavals about 17 million years ago and it took until 1910 for President Taft to establish Glacier as the country's 10th national park (what took them so long?). Evidence of human activity in the park dates back over 10,000 years; possibly ancestors of tribes that still inhabit the area today. Blackfeet Indians roamed the prairies east of the mountains. The Salish and Kootenai Indians lived and hunted in valleys to the west and east of the mountains to hunt buffalo.

More recently, Going-to-the-Sun Road was completed in 1932. The road is considered an engineering achievement taking 11 years to complete, and is a National Historic Landmark. It is one of the most scenic roads in the USA and one of the main reasons people flock to Glacier National Park every year. Glacier and Waterton Lakes have been designated as Biosphere Reserves and were recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

If you are planning a trip to Glacier Park this summer, you may have missed the anniversary celebration, but you won't miss having the time of your life and a rewarding nature experience. There really is nothing quite like NW Montana when it comes to things to do and places to see on vacation. Experiencing Glacier National Park and points of interest like Flathead Lake will remain forever in your memory as the trip of a lifetime.

I promise!

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