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Near Wolf Creek in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Old U.S. Highway 91

 
 
Old U.S. Highway 91 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
1. Old U.S. Highway 91 Marker
Inscription.  For many years there was no direct route between Helena and Great Falls other than the railroad and the lengthy and treacherous old Benton wagon road. During the Great Depression, the Montana Highway Department built thousands of miles of good paved road in the state, often in places where no road had existed before. A direct highway between Helena and Great Falls posed an enormous challenge to the engineers who designed it, as it would pass through two rugged canyons and require two major bridges over the Missouri River.
Over the course of three years beginning in 1930, work crews dynamited, carved, graded, and paved a road through both canyons. The road north of here was built by Morrison-Knudsen Company, which would also build part of the Beartooth Highway in south central Montana. Billings contractor Bill Roscoe built the steel bridge over the Missouri River near this marker in 1933. The innovative design of the bridge became the model for steel bridges built throughout Montana in the 1930s and 1940s When the highway opened to traffic in 1933, it truly gave the appearance of being "draped over the landscape". Today, the old road provides
Old U.S. Highway 91 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
2. Old U.S. Highway 91 Marker
The Missouri River and bridge are in the distance.
a scenic and historic alternative to Interstate 15.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 47° 1.199′ N, 112° 0.606′ W. Marker is near Wolf Creek, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Craig Frontage Road and Beartooth Road, on the left when traveling north on Craig Frontage Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wolf Creek MT 59648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mann Gulch Fire (here, next to this marker); Remembering Governor Forrest H. Anderson (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Dearborn – Ancient Interstate Highway (approx. 8.8 miles away); "Cliffs High and Steep" (approx. 9.2 miles away); Michael John MacKinnon (approx. 9.2 miles away); Dearborn's River (approx. 9.2 miles away); Continuing the Journey (approx. 9.2 miles away); Bighorned Animals (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wolf Creek.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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