Red Lodge in Carbon County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The Beartooth Plateau
During the ice ages, about 100,000 years ago, the Beartooth Plateau collected enough snow for glaciers to form and cover most of the plateau to a depth of several thousand feet. The spreading glaciers wore down the plateau’s upper surface to leave the distinctively rounded rock outcrops, along with hundreds of lakes, ponds, and depressions. They flowed down old stream valleys, leaving them deepened and straightened, with vertical canyon walls and jagged peaks. The summit of the plateau is alpine tundra.
• The Beartooth Plateau pushed its way upward through sedimentary rock about 55 million years ago. • The plateau contains some of the oldest exposed rock on Earth, formed some 3.3 billion years ago. • The Beartooth Plateau was heavily glaciated during the Ice ages about 100,000 years ago.
Although these mountains were crisscrossed by trails used by Native Americans since prehistory, it was not until the 20th century that many sought a permanent route over the mountains from Red Lodge to Yellowstone National Park. As the Red Lodge coal mines closed, Red Lodge businessmen lobbied Montana’s congressional delegation to construct a road between their community and the Park. In 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed the Park Approach Act into law, which funded the construction of scenic routes to the country’s national parks through federally-owned land. Construction of the $2.5 million project began in 1932. Some 100 workers employed
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
Location. 45° 10.625′ N, 109° 14.881′ W. Marker is in Red Lodge, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker is at the intersection of South Broadway Avenue (U.S. 212) and South Hauser Avenue, on the right when traveling east on South Broadway Avenue. Click for map. Located in Liver-Eating Johnston Park. Marker is in this post office area: Red Lodge MT 59068, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Red Lodge (a few steps from this marker); The Red Lodge Country (within shouting distance of this marker); Neithammer Brothers Meat Market (approx. half a mile away); Red Lodge Commercial District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plunkett's Hardware Charles Antilla Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alcazar (Star) Theater (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Iris Theater (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Red Lodge.
More about this marker. On the lower right is a photo with the caption, "Cowboy’s View Carbon County Historical Society Collection. (Courtesy Northern Pacific Railway, F.W. Byerly, photographer)"
Also see . . . Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Wilderness.net (Submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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