Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on May 11th 1910, Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude.
Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (58National Parks), gives you a little demonstration below of how this park came what it is known today, as we celebrate how on May 11th 1910, Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
If you live too far away to discover this impressive National Park let me give you some historical information on this place.
According to archeological evidence, Native Americans first arrived in the Glacier area some 10,000 years ago. The earliest occupants with lineage to current tribes were the Flathead (Salish) and Kootenai, Shoshone, and Cheyenne.
The Blackfeet arrived around the beginning of the 18th century and soon dominated the eastern slopes of what later became the park, as well as the Great Plains immediately to the east.
In 1910, under the influence of the Boone and Crockett Club, spearheaded by Club members George Bird Grinnell, Henry L. Stimson, and the railroad, a bill was introduced into the U.S. Congress which redesignated the region from a forest reserve to a national park.
This bill was signed into law by President William Howard Taft on May 11, 1910.
In 1910 George Bird Grinnell wrote, “This Park, the country owes to the Boone and Crockett Club, whose members discovered the region, suggested it being set aside, caused the bill to be introduced into congress and awakened interest in it all over the country.”
How do Glaciers form?
A glacier is formed from compacted layers of snow. When new layers of snow fall, previous layers compress into ice.
In 1850, the area now known as Glacier National Park has over 150 glaciers. There are 25 active glaciers remaining in the park today. Since the ice ages stopped 10,000 years ago, there have been many slight climate shifts causing periods of glacier growth or melt-back.
Based on current trends, however, glacier recession models predict that by 2030, Glacier National Park will be without glaciers.
Most of the park’s glaciers, being of small to moderate size, will likely be gone before then, as many glaciers are retreating faster than their predicted rates.
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