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By Rick and Susie Graetz
Department of Geography University of Montana 

Events Reveal Crown of the Continent Timeline

This is Montana


September 7, 2017

Rick and Susie Graetz

A boater enjoys Swiftcurrent Lake and Mount Gould in Glacier National Park.

It took more than 60 years to create Glacier National Park, which is the foundation of the much larger natural system called the Crown of the Continent that we study and celebrate today. The events that led to the formation of the park and the surrounding ecosystem are regarded today as the bedrock of the conservation movement in America.

What follows then is a timeline as we see it:

1849 – George Bird Grinnell born in Brooklyn, N.Y. – Sept. 20, 1849.

George Bird Grinnell was the single most important individual to set in motion actions that would eventually lead to saving Yellowstone...

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