What Every Visitor to Glacier National Park Needed to Know … in 1920





Glacier National Park's centennial year is winding down, so the Traveler thought it might be both fun and enlightening to take a peek at a pair of park brochures from the early years of the park. It's pretty clear from these excerpts that life in the park was just a bit different in 1912 and 1920 than it is today.

Private auto travel has long since become the norm for Americans, but back in 1912 it was still being viewed with caution. The park regulations noted,No automobiles will be permitted within the metes and bounds of the Glacier National Park unless the owner thereof secures a written permit from the superintendent or his representative.
Speed will be limited to 6 miles per hour, except on straight stretches where approaching teams, saddle horses, and pack trains will be visible, when, if none are in sight, this speed may be increased to the rate indicated on signboards along the road. In no event, however, shall it exceed 15 miles per hour.

Horses have the right of way, and automobiles will be backed or otherwise handled, as necessary, so as to enable horses to pass with safety.

Some of the classic park hotels that are still in use today were relative newcomers to the scene in 1920, but rates—and the amenities that were featured—definitely reflect a different era:...


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