Going-to-the-Sun Road is the only road that traverses Glacier National Park from east to west, and it is an engineering miracle. This narrow, winding road evolved between 1911 and 1933, coming in only $1 million over its original $1.5 million cost estimate (constructing it today would cost well over $90 million). For those who choose not to hike throughout the park, it provides unique access to many of the park’s geologic and visual wonders.
Taken from the Blackfeet name for a mountain near Logan Pass, Goingto- the-Sun Road’s identity was the idea of Montana Congressman Louis C. Cramton. Fortunately, the name was shortened from “The-Face-of-Sour-Spirit-Who- Went-Back-to-the-Sun-After-His-Work-Was-Done.” During most of the year, the road appears to be going more toward the North Pole, as heavy snows create drifts up to 80 feet deep, so the opening date fluctuates from mid-May to mid-June, depending on when work crews finally get everything plowed. On a Father’s Day weekend trip, we walked through drifts in our shorts and had a snowball fight with our kids at Logan Pass.
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