Yesterdays: West Glacier turns 70

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70 years ago

Oct. 7, 1949

The most popular campsite in Glacier National Park, even in 1949 was Avalanche, which saw 41,346 day users. There was a report of a completely blind moose wandering around the North Fork. Belton was now officially West Glacier. More than 4,000 letters were waiting for the “first day” cancellation at the Post Office.

60 years ago

Oct. 9, 1959

Filming of “All the Young Men” was taking place in Many Glacier on the hill above the Many Glacier Hotel. Film crews had erected the set of what was supposed to be a bombed out village in the war movie that featured Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier and world heavyweight boxing champion, Ingemar Johannson.

50 years ago

Oct. 10, 1969

Front page featured the roundup of 429 buffalo at the National Bison Range. Some 1,000 people came out to watch the annual roundup. Calf production totaled 96 out of 103 breeding cows. The largest bull weighed 1,975 pounds.

40 years ago

Oct. 11, 1979

The Coalition for Canyon Preservation was suing the Montana Highway Department over plans to widen U.S. Highway 2 into a four-lane road. The coalition argued in federal court that the expansion would ruin the scenic value of the road and have great impacts on the town of Hungry Horse and on wildlife.

30 years ago

Oct. 12, 1989

Scott Beach of Martin City shot a grizzly protecting a cache of dead animals in Bob Marshall Wilderness after he accidentally walked into the bear in heavy brush. Beach shot the bear in the eye from just feet away when it charged him. He then ran away thinking he’d killed the bruin, but it came after him and he shot the bear again from just a few feet away again. The bear died about 60 feet away from where it was shot a second time.

20 years ago

Oct. 7. 1999

The Sun Road advisory committee was formed. The 17-member panel would look at the best ways and alternatives to rebuilding the highway. The Park Service had initially planned to close the road alternately for two years on each side of the divide while the road was rebuilt, but many businesses said that would put them out of business. Glacier Park superintendent David Mihalic was leaving the park to become superintendent of Yosemite National Park.

10 years ago

Oct. 8, 2009

State Farm Insurance released claim data that showed Montana as being the fifth-highest state in deer-car collisions per capita. A motorist in Montana had a 1 in 104.2 chance of colliding with a deer in the next year. The worst state for deer-car collisions was West Virginia.

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