West Side Tunnel, On Going-to-the-Sun Road Northeast of West Glacier, West Glacier, Flathead County, MT
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On Going-to-the-Sun Road Northeast of West Glacier, West Glacier, MT
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MT-76
Building/structure dates: 1926 initial construction
Significance: The West Side Tunnel is one of approximately seventeen prominent masonry and concrete structures on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. The 51-mile stretch of scenic 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 West Side Tunnel was part of the first contract following the landmark agreement. The tunnel is an excellent example of the care the engineers took in designing each structure for a given site, in that it has windows that look out on Heaven's Peak and the scenic McDonald Creek Valley.
Bennett, H. W.
Williams & Douglas
Bureau Of Public Roads
Stupich, Martin, Photographer
Steen, Kathryn, Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. View of south portal from roadway
2. View from inside tunnel looking out opening to west
3. View from exterior side of opening, looking in toward roadway
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