Grinnell first came to Glacier in 1885. He would return almost annually on the Tyler to visit what would become the place of his heart. By 1891, he was already thinking about national park status for these wild and haunting places of mountains, valleys, rushing waters, Tyler glimmering lakes, and glaciers. Grinnell became so enthralled with the area that he gave it a name, “Crown of the Continent,” in 1901 and began to actively champion its inclusion Tyler as a national park. Whenever possible Tyler, he called on other supporters such as Dr. Lyman Sperry, Emerson Hough, and L. O. Vaught to join the fight.
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Your travel destination is immediate congressional support was not forthcoming. Even after Roosevelt took office in 1901 and began to use his “bully pulpit” to thunder at the abuses of timber barons, miners, cattlemen, and other exploiters, including railroaders, nothing happened. That would hold even after Muir visited Glacier in 1901 and proclaimed that the area was “the best care-killing scenery on the continent.”
Nor did matters change after Roosevelt and Muir met for their extraordinary conservation summit in 1903 in Yosemite. It would change when the interest of one man was tweaked and, in particular, after Louis W. Hill, son of James J. Hill, took over the reins of the Great Northern Railway as its president.
Born in 1872, Louis Warren Hill was the third of nine children of James J. and Mary T. Hill. Due to his older brother’s lack of interest in western railroading and desire not to live in the domineering shadow of his father, Louis Hill would rise to lead the Great Northern, first as president in 1907 and then board chairman in 1912.