North Fork Road

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North Fork Road
North Fork Truck Trail.jpg
North Fork Road is located in Montana
North Fork Road
North Fork Road is located in the US
North Fork Road
Location North Fork drainage, Fish Creek to Kintla Lake, Glacier NP, West Glacier, Montana
Coordinates 48°32′53″N 113°59′11″W / 48.54806°N 113.98639°W / 48.54806; -113.98639Coordinates: 48°32′53″N 113°59′11″W / 48.54806°N 113.98639°W / 48.54806; -113.98639
Architect NPS Landscape Division
MPS Glacier National Park MPS
NRHP Reference # 95001572
Added to NRHP January 19, 1996[1]

The North Fork Road in Glacier National Park was built in 1901. The Butte Oil Company constructed a rough wagon road from Lake McDonald to its oil well at Kintla Lake, encouraging the development of the North Fork region. From 1935-1945, the National Park Service developed the road adding culverts and drains. The unpaved road extends nearly forty miles, almost to the Canada–United States border.[2]

In 1933 a proposal was advanced to extend the road to Canada to connect with a proposed road on the Canadian side of the border that would create a loop around Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park. No further action was taken, and by the 1950s the plan had been abandoned.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "North Fork Truck Trail". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-11-14. 
  3. ^ Ann Hubber (June 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: North Fork Road" (pdf). National Park Service.