The Glacier National Park comprises an area of about 1,400 square miles in the northern Rocky Mountains, extending from the Great Northern Railway on the South to the Canadian line on the north and from the Great Plains on the east to Flathead River on the west.
Formerly this was a region visited by few except hunters in search of big game, and by prospectors eager to secure the stores of copper that were supposed to be contained in its mountain fastnesses. The dreams of mineral wealth, however, proved to be fallacious, and by act of Congress, May 11, 1910, it was created a national park in order to preserve for all time and for all generations its mountain beauties.
In general, the national parks so far created have been set aside and dedicated as playgrounds for the people, because they contain striking examples of nature's handiwork, such as the geysers and hot springs of the Yellowstone, the wonderful valleys, great granite walls, and cascades of the Yosemite, and the results of volcanic activity as exhibited in Crater Lake and the beautiful cone of Mount Rainier.
The Glacier National Park is no exception to this rule, for it contains some of the most rugged Alpine scenery to be found on the continent. Although the park was given its name on account of the many glaciers within its borders, these can hardly be considered its most striking feature. The traveler passing through it for the first time is generally impressed more by the ruggedness of the mountain tops, the great vertical walls which bound them, and the beauty of the forests, lakes, and streams, than by the glaciers, although the latter are numerous and probably the most easily accessible of any in the United States.
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TEXT CREDIT: Origin of the Scenic Features of the Glacier National Park