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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Drawing 1
Photos 1 & 2
Photo 3
Photo 4


Table of

Visual Evidence

Photo 5: View of the Garden Wall from Going-to-the-Sun Road. [Photo 5] with link to larger version of photo.
(National Park Service, Ethan Carr, photographer)

Photo 6: Going-to-the-Sun Road, ca. 1932. [Photo 6] with link to larger version of photo.
(National Park Service, George A. Grant, photographer)

Questions for Photos 5 and 6

1. Look carefully at Photo 5. Can you see the line of Going-to-the-Sun Road, ascending from left to right on the upper part of the mountainside? Do you think most people driving in the valley would be aware of the road above them? Do you think it was important to make the roadway so inconspicuous?

2. Photo 6 shows a portion of Going-to-the-Sun Road at about the time it opened. The roadbed is unpaved and about 22 feet wide. Use a measuring tape to draw out a 22 foot wide path on the floor of your classroom or on a playground. Do you think you would feel comfortable driving on a road that wide? Would you be aware of the steep drop-off on the other side of the retaining wall?

3. Visitation to Glacier National Park began to rise rapidly as soon as Going-to-the Sun Road was completed. Today approximately 600,000 cars drive the road every year, even though it is only open from early June to mid October. Do you think making it possible for visitors to see these views justifies the expense and the work that went into constructing the road? Why or why not?

* The photos on this screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 5 and Photo 6, but be aware that each file will take as much as 45 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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