Belton Bridge, Spanning middle fork of Flathead River at Going-to, West Glacier, Flathead County, MT
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Spanning middle fork of Flathead River at Going-to, West Glacier, MT
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MT-68
Building/structure dates: 1920 initial construction
Significance: The Belton Bridge was the western entrance to Glacier National Park from 1920 to 1938, and was one of the park's first major construction projects. Between 1933 and 1938, the bridge was also a vital link on Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 51-mile stretch of scenic road across the park. The road is significant as a unique engineering accomplishment of the early twentieth century, and as the first product of a 1925 cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the Bureau of Public Roads. The Belton Bridge is one of approximately seventeen prominent masonry and concrete structures along Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Concrete Arch Bridges
McClung, Charles A.
Goodwin, George E.
Punchard, Charles A7
EF Matelich Construction Company
Three Forks Company
Stupich, Martin, Photographer
Steen, Kathryn, Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. View from south river bank looking northeast
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