Glacier National Park was once just another part of America’s landscape without a name. When the first European explorers came to this region in Montana, there were already several Native American Tribes inhabiting the land including the Blackfeet, Salish and Kootenai. They mainly used the location to hunt great herds of buffalo as their numbers were plentiful in this area. The evidence of first human use of this land dates back to over 10,000 years ago!
Early Europeans came in search of beaver, followed by miners and lastly those who were seeking land. The scenery and wealth of resources was so appealing that many decided this was the ideal place to set up a home. When the Great Northern Railway was completed in 1891, it allowed a great number of people to enter this area and soon small towns began to develop.
This alarmed George Bird who decided by the late 1800s that the beauty of this land needed to be preserved. It was with conviction that he wanted to create a national park that would keep safe the stunning scenery. President Taft signed the bill proposed by Bird and Glacier National Park became the 10th national park in America’s history!