“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Flathead County Montana Historical Markers

Choosing a Route for the Going-to-the-Sun Highway image, Touch for more information
By Christopher Earle, September 12, 2010
Choosing a Route for the Going-to-the-Sun Highway
Montana (Flathead County), Apgar — Choosing a Route
Mastery over nature or blend with the environment...two different philosophies represented by two different routes. After the establishment of Glacier National Park efforts began on constructing a road to provide access to the interior of the . . . — Map (db m108777) HM
Montana (Flathead County), Essex — The Goat Lick
Each summer a need for mineral salts bring mountain goats down from the high country to the natural licks along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Most activity occurs in late June and July, when as many as 70 goats have been seen on this lick . . . — Map (db m96507) HM
Montana (Flathead County), Hungry Horse — Bad Rock Canyon
The Flathead River enters the valley through Bad Rock Canyon. Old-timers aver that a Blackfeet war party from the plains surged over the divide years ago seething with ambition to corral a choice assortment of cayuses and maybe a scalp or two . . . — Map (db m102214) HM
Montana (Flathead County), Hungry Horse — Hungry Horse Clearing Ball
This ingenious 4.5 ton, 8-foot diameter ball was used in 1950 for clearing operations on 6,207 acres in the Hungry Horse Reservoir. Two contractors, S.L. (Red) Wixson, and John H. Trisdale, developed it. The ball was dragged at the end of . . . — Map (db m102199) HM
Montana (Flathead County), Hungry Horse — Surrounded by Wilderness
You are at the gateway in the Upper Flathead River which drains Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex (the Bob) and the southeastern corner of British Columbia. 219 miles of the three forks of the Flathead are designated as . . . — Map (db m102213) HM
Montana (Flathead County), Hungry Horse — The Legend of Hungry Horse
Two husky freight horses, Tex and Terry, working in the rugged wilderness of the Flathead River’s South Fork area, wandered away from their sleigh during the severe winter of 1900-1901. After struggling for a month in belly-deep snow, they were . . . — Map (db m102201) HM
Montana (Flathead County), Somers — Howse House
Hudson Bay Company (HBC) agent Joseph Howse built a trading post just north of here in 1810, the first European settlement in the valley north of Flathead Lake. Described as “adventurous, tough, and intelligent,” Howse joined the . . . — Map (db m127682) HM
Montana (Flathead County), Somers — The Somers - Kalispell Spur Line
In 1901, Great Northern Railway tycoon James J. Hill and local businessman John O'Brien joined forces to build and operate a 11-mile railroad line to a saw-mill on the north shore of Flathead Lake. Hill built this spur line in record time and . . . — Map (db m127683) HM
Montana (Flathead County), West Glacier — A Glacial Lake
A river of ice over 2,000 feet thick moved down this valley. Lake McDonald is evidence of its passing. When the glacier receded more than ten thousand years ago, it revealed a changed landscape. The ice had quarried away huge amounts of rock. A . . . — Map (db m82767)
Montana (Flathead County), West Glacier — Historic Boats
In 1895 there were no roads along Lake McDonald. Tourists arrived at this dock by wood-fired steamboat after getting off the train at Belton Depot and bumping along in a wagon to Apgar Landing. The steamboat F.I. Whitney was the first . . . — Map (db m45061) HM
Montana (Flathead County), West Glacier — Time MachinesThe Red Bus Rides Again
A Glacier Tradition National parks often seem timeless and are valued for the continuity of experience they offer to generations of visitors. At Glacier National Park, the past and future come together through a fleet of historic buses, . . . — Map (db m45060) HM
Montana (Flathead County), West Glacier — Wilderness ArchitectureHistory of the Lake McDonald Lodge
Like many buildings in the park, Lake McDonald Lodge has a rustic architectural style. The lodge was built during the winter of 1913-14 with locally available materials, creating a rustic exterior of native stone and western cedar that blends with . . . — Map (db m45062) HM
Montana (Flathead County), Whitefish — Whitefish DepotHistorical Walking Tour of Whitefish, Montana
Built by the Great Northern Railway in 1927, the Whitefish Depot is not only a local landmark but is recognized fondly by hundred of thousands of people who have passed through Whitefish by train over the years. The building’s chalet-style . . . — Map (db m49491) HM

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