“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
West Yellowstone in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

The Lake that Tilted

Stories of Narrow Escapes

The Lake that Tilted Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Martin Schrattenholzer, August 27, 2017
1. The Lake that Tilted Marker
Inscription.  Imagine what it was like...
A lake that tipped...a woman who leaped from her home just in time...a performer who didn't let an earthquake stop her...cabins swallowed by waves that came out of nowhere...a highway that vanished...

Here at the site of the former Hilgard Lodge, explore the trails and learn about the fascinating-and sometimes hair-raising-stories of the events of August 17,1959

Explore the Area
Follow the short trail 200 yards to the shore of Hebgen Lake to site of Hilgard Lodge, where you can walk among the remains of the resort, and see evidence of huge waves that rocked the lake after the quake. Walk the old road from the parking area west and discover the landslide where Highway 287 slid into the water.

Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is August 17, 1959.
Location. 44° 51.355′ N, 111° 19.507′ W. Marker is in West Yellowstone, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker can be reached from Hebgen Lake Road (U.S. 287) 12 miles west of U.S. 191. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Yellowstone MT 59758, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within

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8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Something is terribly wrong (a few steps from this marker); A Leap Just in Time (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sleep Interrupted (approx. ¼ mile away); The Night the Earth Cracked (approx. 1.4 miles away); Refuge Point (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Seismic Shake that Shaped this Lake (approx. 3.4 miles away); Raynolds' Pass (approx. 7.3 miles away); The Night’s Peace Was Shattered (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Yellowstone.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2018, by Martin Schrattenholzer of Renton, Washington. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 70 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 17, 2018, by Martin Schrattenholzer of Renton, Washington. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 5, 2023