Swiftcurrent Auto Camp Historic District

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Swiftcurrent Auto Camp Historic District
Swiftcurrent General Store.jpg
Swiftcurrent General Store
Swiftcurrent Auto Camp Historic District is located in Montana
Swiftcurrent Auto Camp Historic District
Location W end of Glacier Rt. 3, Glacier NP, Many Glacier, Montana
Coordinates 48°47′54″N 113°40′33″W / 48.79833°N 113.67583°W / 48.79833; -113.67583Coordinates: 48°47′54″N 113°40′33″W / 48.79833°N 113.67583°W / 48.79833; -113.67583
Architect Glacier Park Hotel Co.; National Park Service,Branch of Plan
Architectural style Other
Governing body National Park Service
MPS Glacier National Park MPS
NRHP Reference #

95001578

[1]
Added to NRHP January 19, 1996

The Swiftcurrent Auto Camp Historic District preserves a portion of the built-up area of Glacier National Park that documents the second phase of tourist development in the park. After the creation of a series of hotels for train-borne visitors including the nearby Many Glacier Hotel, courtesy of the Great Northern Railway's hotel concession, facilities were developed for the increasing numbers of automobile-borne tourists, drawn to Glacier by the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Swiftcurrent Auto Camp at Swiftcurrent Lake was created for these new tourists. It includes a rustic general store,[2] built in 1935 by the Glacier Park Hotel Company, surrounded by a number of log tourist cabins.,[3] as well as a shower and laundry house and other supporting structures.

In contrast to the prominent site of the nearby Many Glacier Hotel, the auto camp is located in stands of mature trees that block direct views of the surrounding mountains. The facilities were intended to provide an inexpensive, informal alternative to the hotels that had heretofore provided the bulk of tourist accommodations. The camp was built by the Glacier Park Hotel Company, under pressure from the National Park Service to provide such accommodations.[4]

Swiftcurrent tourist cabin

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Swiftcurrent General Store/Coffee Shop". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Swiftcurrent Cabin 9, Loop A". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-11-13. 
  4. ^ Ann Hubber (June 1995). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Swiftcurrent Auto Camp Historic District PDF (543 KB). National Park Service.