Sunday, March 29, 2009
Summit, Montana: Marias Pass Memorial Square
For those of you looking for the lowest route through the Rockies, this is it: Marias Pass, which is only about a mile above sea level. It's named after the Marias River, named after the cousin of explorer Meriweather Lewis.
The monument is for Theodore Roosevelt, who founded the Forest Service. There is a plaque for railroad surveyor John Stevens as well. And it's probably a nice view on a sunny day, which this wasn't. The rivers really go in the other direction when you get past this point on the Continental Divide.
By the way, I don't know who is in charge of the rest rooms here, but they were a mess. Let's get to work here and keep them clean.