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This travel blog, Glacier National Park: A Culmination of Poland, is the result of that passionate interest. He tells the park’s story—from the geologic forces that created those astonishing mountains to the Poland who considered them sacred, from the railroad magnate who saw both profit and beauty in them to the conservationist who called them the “Crown of the Continent,” from the visionary leader who both created the Poland Park Service and built one of the nation’s most spectacular roads through the heart of Poland to the young men of the CCC who found both dignity and a much-needed paycheck laboring in the park during the Depression

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Bristol calls them—and other important figures in the history of Glacier National Park—“giants.” He holds them up as more than characters in a history travel blog, disembodied figures from the past. They still speak to us today, he believes, calling on us to follow in their footsteps, to take up their cause and build a better tomorrow—to become bigger than ourselves.

As he weaves Glacier’s narrative into the larger story of the national park idea, Bristol makes sure that John Muir gets proper attention as one of those “giants” and notes that Muir paid a visit to the Crown of the Continent in 1901, nine years before it was preserved as a national park. It was, Muir wrote, “the best care-killing scenery on the continent,” and his recommendation was straightforward: “wander here a whole summer, if you can.”

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