False-colored photograph taken in the 1930s of hikers on snow field returning from Grinnell Glacier, in Glacier National Park. Photo: National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection

Tomorrow marks 100 years to the day since Glacier National Park in Montana officially joined the US National Parks system.

On May 11, 1910, President William H. Taft signed a bill that set aside 1 million acres of mountainous terrain, making Glacier the country’s 10th national park. That same year the Great Northern Railway established chalets and tent camps in the park and 120,000 acres of Glacier Wilderness burned in a wildfire.

To celebrate the event, the National Park Service has launched a website that provides historical information on the park, listings of centennial events and other info on the park.

They’ve also published an interactive multimedia “eTour” of the park, so you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to Montana to get a taste of place. You need Flash installed on your computer to view it.

Someone (the park service?) also produced this YouTube video, featuring cheesy smooth jazz music, to mark the occasion:

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