Near Babb in Glacier County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Glacier National Park
The Kalispell Times
October 6, 1932
In the late 1920s, the automobile became affordable for the "Forgotten Man." For the first time, a middle-class American family could see the country without the expense of a railroad trip. Upon completion of Going-to-the-Sun Road in 1932 and Theodore Roosevelt Highway (now US-2) two years earlier, Glacier National Park beckoned a new type of "road-trip" traveler, signaling an end to an era of opulence and the beginning of affordable recreation.
To meet the needs of motorists, the Many Glacier Road was extended a mile west from the Many Glacier Hotel, and the Great Northern Railway was asked to build the Swiftcurrent Auto Camp. It consisted of a campstore and 54 small, spartan cabins arranged in tepee configurations. The camp's location was unobtrusive to its natural setting — a significant
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Gear and 1931 Model A Ford generously provided by John Lawyer of Plains, Montana.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 48° 47.861′ N, 113° 40.638′ W. Marker is near Babb, Montana, in Glacier County. Marker can be reached from Many Glacier Road (Route 3) 12˝ miles west of U.S. 89, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located within Glacier National Park, at the west end of Many Glacier Road, in front of the historic Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Babb MT 59411, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Overnight in the Wilderness (approx. 0.9 miles away); When the Glaciers Melt (approx. one mile away); Choosing a Route (approx. 6.3 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 7.3 miles away); Horns (approx. 7.3 miles away); Historic Boats (approx. 15˝ miles away); Time Machines (approx. 15˝ miles away); Wilderness Architecture (approx. 15˝ miles away).
Regarding Motoring In. Swiftcurrent Auto Camp Historic District, National Register of Historic Places #95001578.
Also see . . . Swiftcurrent Auto Camp Historic District (Wikipedia). In contrast to the prominent site of the nearby Many Glacier Hotel, the auto camp is located in stands of mature trees that block direct views of the surrounding mountains. The facilities were intended to provide an inexpensive, informal alternative to the hotels that had heretofore provided the bulk of tourist accommodations. The camp was built by the Glacier Park Hotel Company, under pressure from the National Park Service to provide such accommodations. (Submitted on February 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.