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Man vs Nature: Building the Beartooth Highway Topic at MHS

Friday, September 30, 2016/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

Contact: Tom Cook 406-444-1645 Release: Receipt

STORY OF BUILDNG THE BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY TOPIC AT MHS

                It is a story almost as amazing as the views from Montana’s famed Beartooth Highway.

                On Free Second Saturday (Oct. 8) at the Montana Historical Society at 1:30 p.m. Montana Department of Transportation Historian Jon Axline will present “The Beartooth Highway: A History of America’s Most Beautiful Drive.”

                The views are spectacular, but the story of how the highway was built is epic in itself. The true engineering marvel was built during the height of the Great Depression through an unforgiving wilderness.

                That story of the building of the highway that rises 10,947 feet above sea level has remained largely unknown. It was a battle of man against nature.

                The Beartooth Highway created an economic boom for Red Lodge, Cooke City and Yellowstone National Park and continues to inspire people today. Legendary newsman Charles Kuralt labeled it “America’s most beautiful drive.”

                Axline’s new book of the same title as the program is available in the MHS Museum Store, and he will be available to sign copies after the program.

                Admission to Montana’s Museum and the Original Governor’s Mansion is free all day. Second Saturday is sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union, and there are drawings for door prizes throughout the day.        

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