This morning we were on the road by 9:30. It was an easy drive so we didn’t have to hurry to get to our next ‘home’. We stopped at a parking area near Shelby for lunch. Barb made some very good hotdogs. We stopped in Shelby to refuel.
About four miles from the campground, we pulled into an area at the entrance to the Lewis and Clark Forest at Marias Pass. It is the lowest crossing of the Continental Divide in Montana. The Blackfeet Indian Nation called it Backbone Pass.
There is a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, which was constructed in 1931. It honors him because he is the president who made forest conservation a national policy. It is 60 feet tall. The 7-inch-thick granite slabs covering the monument were quarried near Helena. The monument also marks the 25th anniversary of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.
Near the monument is a statue of John F. Stevens, a civil engineer for the Great Northern Railroad. He was charged with finding a suitable rail route across the Continental Divide. In 1889 he located and recorded this pass, which had been used by area Native Americans for many centuries. By 1893, the Great Northern was running trains over Marias Pass.
Route: I-15 N to Shelby => US 2 W to East Glacier Park
Total Miles Driven: 173
Weather Conditions: Cool (mid-50s) and cloudy most of the way. A few rain showers.
Road Conditions: Good, except one l-o-n-g stretch of construction. US 2 is 2-lane.
Gasoline Price: $2.599 at Shelby
RV Park: Glacier Meadows RV Park, East Glacier Park (http://www.glaciermeadowrvpark.com)
Park Conditions: Beautiful setting, level sites, free WiFi for 1 week. No TV without satellite. No cell phone service except Verizon. Great place to get away from it all.