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Going-to-the-Sun Road:
A Model of Landscape Engineering--
Supplementary Resources

By working with Going-To-The-Sun Road: A Model of Landscape Engineering, students will learn about some of the practical problems of constructing roads in difficult terrain and about the added challenge of building in such a way as to enhance, rather than damage fragile and beautiful places. Those interested in learning more will find a variety of interesting materials on the Internet.

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web page to see images of the park's dramatic scenery, and to learn more about the park's history and about visiting the park.

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
In 1932, Glacier National Park in the United States and Waterton National Park in Alberta on the Canadian side of the border were designated the world's first International Peace Park. The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Waterton Lakes National Park Web pages provide more information on the Canadian part of the park.

World Heritage Site
In 1995, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was designated a world heritage site because it was the world's first International Peace Park. Situated on the border between Canada and the U.S., the park is exceptionally rich in plant and mammal species as well as prairie, forest, and alpine and glacial features. The World Heritage Site Web page provides more information and links to other related places worldwide.

Biosphere Reserve
Glacier National Park has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO as an ecosystem promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use. Find out more about the biosphere reserve program on their Web page.

Library of Congress
Search the Library of Congress's American Memory web page for images and other information on early road building, the national parks, and conservation. The Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record Collection contains information, photographs, and drawings of Going-to-the-Sun Road and other historic roads across the country. The Evolution of the Conservation Movement collection includes documentary and visual materials on the history of conservation in the United States from 1850 through 1920, including Congressional hearings that led up to the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.

American Society of Civil Engineers
Going-to-the-Sun Road was designated a Landmark of Civil Engineering in 1985. The ASCE Web page provides information on the road and on other important historical engineering projects.

Public Roads
The journal Public Roads, published by the Federal Highway Administration, contains a number of articles on the early history of road building in the United States and on the Bureau of Public Roads. Many of these articles are available on the Public Roads Web page.

For Further Reading
Students (or educators) wishing to conduct further research may want to refer to the following books: Warren Belasco, Americans on the Road: From Autocamp to Motel, 1910-1945 (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, reprint edition, 1997); Ethan Carr, Wilderness by Design: Landscape Architecture and the National Park Service (University of Nebraska Press, 1999); Linda Flint McClelland, Building the National Parks: Historic Landscape Design and Construction (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998); and Paul S. Sutter, Driven Wild: How the Fight Against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (University of Washington Press, 2002).


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