#7 Montana Glacier National Park Quarter bear part of the America the Beautiful Series
Glacier is composed of over 1 million acres of scenic land in the northwest corner of the state of Montana. Found within the park’s boundaries are hundreds of lakes, with only 130 of them named including Lake McDonald and St. Mary Lake, the two largest of the park. A thousand different species of plants and animals are also located within Glacier that have survived mostly untouched for centuries. Thus, the park has a uniquely endemic ecosystem offering a glimpse into the past. Only two historic animal species of the area are not currently present within the park – the bison and the woodland caribou. That still leaves sixty-two species of mammals still present in the region which join another 260 species of recorded birds.
The park itself owes a great deal of its protection to the Great Northern Railway which saw the region as a huge scenic draw for its customers. To promote that possibility, the railway lobbied Congress for protection of the resources of Glacier which was partially achieved when it was named a forest preserve in 1897. Finally, on May 11, 1910, President William Howard Taft signed the legislation creating Glacier National Park.
----------------Each of the Montana Glacier National Park Quarter Bears produced by Limited Treasures has a permanently attached and sealed, brilliant uncirculated National Park quarter of Glacier on the right foot of this bear.
These are brand new, patented, smoke free, and they stand about 9 inches tall. This is the 7th bear in this series and we will be carrying each new National Park as they are released by Limited Treasures.
The quarter for this bear was released by the US Mint on April 4, 2011