Friday, May 11, 2007

Happy Anniversary to Glacier Park

Today is Glacier Park's birthday... on this day (May 11th.) in 1910, Glacier National Park was formally established by the U.S. Congress. It was just a few days ago when we recognized that Glacier National Park and Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta formed the world's first International Peace Park (see post).

No one has yet informed me if we're having a party or handing out birthday cake, or doing anything to celebrate this occasion, but being reminded of this is a good thing. It is nice to be reminded that people long gone recognized that this was a special place and needed to be preserved for future generations. It is hard to think of many things our government does today that look that far into the future.

In a time when companies are judged by their quarterly performance and governments seldom look past this year's budget, it is refreshing to remember that forward thinking people - thought about us. Were it not for such decisions, Glacier National Park might be an exclusive gated community today available only to the wealthy. Instead, it belongs to me - to you - and every American citizen.

Okay, that almost came close to being a political rant, and that is not the purpose of this blog. This blog celebrates NW Montana's most cherished prizes, Glacier National Park and the beautiful and pristine Flathead Lake.

Come visit us and see what our forefathers protected for you!

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