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Near East Glacier Park in Glacier County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

A Day's Ride Apart

Two Medicine Chalet

 
 
A Day's Ride Apart Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 5, 2015
1. A Day's Ride Apart Marker
Inscription.  The present-day general store is the latest incarnation of a historic lodge, built in 1913 before there were roads into the park's interior.

To promote Glacier to adventurous tourists in the early 1900s, the Great Northern Railway built a network of hotels and chalets a day's ride apart throughout the park. Horse parties would arrive here from Glacier Park Hotel and continue from chalet to chalet across the park.

By 1925, more than a thousand horses and ten thousand people traveled the park trails each year. Two Medicine Chalet was no solitary outpost.

Several of these Swiss-style hotels and lodges continue in their historic roles. Look for similar structures at Many Glacier, East Glacier, and Lake McDonald, as well as the Sperry and Granite Park backcountry chalets. The historic map (right) shows Glacier Park chalets in 1925.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
 
Location. 48° 29.073′ N, 113° 22.162′ W. Marker is near East Glacier Park, Montana, in Glacier County. Marker
A Day's Ride Apart Marker (<i>wide view; Two Medicine General Store in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
2. A Day's Ride Apart Marker (wide view; Two Medicine General Store in background)
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is on Medicine Road 7.3 miles east of State Highway 49, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in Glacier National Park's Two Medicine General Store and Trailhead parking lot, at the east end of 2 Medicine Road, overlooking Two Medicine General Store. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Medicine Rd, East Glacier Park MT 59434, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Time Machines (approx. 7.3 miles away); Trains, Trails, and Chalets (approx. 7˝ miles away); Glacier Park Woman's Club (approx. 7˝ miles away); Marias Pass Obelisk (approx. 11.6 miles away); The Lewis Overthrust Fault and Marias Pass (approx. 11.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large, framed composite plaque, mounted horizontally, at waist-level, on a heavy-duty log frame.
 
Also see . . .  Two Medicine Chalet. Two Medicine is now a snack bar/curio shop/camp store. Of the many structures built at Two Medicine Chalet, this store is the only one to remain standing; it served as the kitchen and dining hall when the Chalet was operational. During the operational years at Two Medicine the alpine camp experience was regarded as the ultimate mountain holiday. Rooms were well maintained, meals were provided in compelling group atmosphere, and the central campfire provided a quiet end to the day. The attraction was such that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stayed at Two Medicine Chalet in 1934, and in fact gave a radio address from the premises. (Submitted on January 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Two Medicine General Store (<i>view from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 5, 2015
3. Two Medicine General Store (view from marker)
 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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