The Blood band of the Blackfeet Nation killed a big foot in Glacier National Park before white man arrived.
In fact, the Glacier History feature today is all about the place that they called “BIG-FEET WAS KILLED.”
James Willard Schultz wrote, “in the long-ago, several hunters of the Blood tribe discovered and killed a large big-feet (caribou) bull at this place. These animals were so rarely found so far south, on the east side of the range, that the place was named after the occurrence.”
Now that place is called the Hanging Gardens.
The “Hanging Gardens are to the beautiful flower-filled terraces between Logan Pass and Heavy Runner Mountain.
If you have been to Logan Pass and walked along the boardwalk toward Hidden Lake you no doubt could imagine seeing caribou in the meadows.
Recommendations for visiting Where Big-Foot Was Shot.
- Stay on the trails. This is a fragile area and the trails allow you to see it in all of its beauty.
- Look Closely. There are a lot of different kinds of flowers in the Hanging Gardens. You might even notice less mature versions of the same flowers as you gain elevation.
- Take lots of photos. I have been to Logan Pass numerous times and every time it is different.
- Keep your eyes open for Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats. These ungulates are always around. Goats are easy to spot and the sheep usually hang out near the “Hidden Pass” or near the Hidden Lake Overlook.
- Take some time and climb a mountain. Mount Oberlin and Reynolds Mountain are great options for climbing.
For more information about climbing and off-trail travel near Logan Pass see Volume 1 of Climb Glacier National Park.
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Thanks for reading about this spectacular area of Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park history is fascinating.
Not all of it is true but it is all interesting.
Source: Schultz, W. R., Signposts of Adventure, Glacier National Park As the Indians Know It, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1926
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