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Near Malta in Phillips County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Long, Long Trail

 
 
The Long, Long Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
1. The Long, Long Trail Marker
Inscription.  In 1919, the Duluth, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sponsored the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway as a memorial to the recent passing of the former president. An early interstate highway, the route stretched 4,000 miles between Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon. A little over 750 miles of the Roosevelt Highway spanned Montana, none of it paved. The Roosevelt Highway Association warned motorists in 1921 that the route between Glasgow and Malta was a partly improved dirt road that was almost impassable because of gumbo in wet weather. Despite that, hundreds of adventurous automobile tourists undertook the difficult road to visit Glacier National Park and other attractions along the way. They had their cars serviced in local garages and stayed in hotels and campgrounds along the way, enriching businesses in the small towns along the Montana High Line. One promoter wrote that the Roosevelt Highway "opens to the tourist the door of the treasure-box of beauties and grandeur and varied scenery of the North continent as no other highway does." In 1926, the Bureau of Public Roads re-designated the route as U.S. Highway 2.
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For some, though, it will always be the Roosevelt Highway.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 48° 28.194′ N, 107° 32.97′ W. Marker is near Malta, Montana, in Phillips County. Marker is on U.S. 2 near Road 243, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Malta MT 59538, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Sleeping Buffalo Rock (here, next to this marker).
 
The Long, Long Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
2. The Long, Long Trail Marker
Journalists Reginald and Lawrence Moore image. Click for full size.
The Old Motor
3. Journalists Reginald and Lawrence Moore
are shown above with the pilot car for a pro-motion to celebrate the opening of the highway from Duluth, MN to Glacier National Park. -- The Old Motor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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