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Earthquake Lake

West Yellowstone, MT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Bodies of Water
Description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
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Columbus, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Staying a couple nights in W Yellowstone, we took a chance on a 'fine dining' restaurant 20 miles away from town, and what a find (Lake Lookout Bar/Grill, reviewed separately). The drive there was just spectacular, even after 2 days in Yellowstone Park. This is Montana.....big sky country, and the drive along the gorgeous Hebgen Lake was incredible. We 'd... More

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54 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Worth the stop..sad that so many lots their lives ...lots of info at the visitor Centre..stop and learn a little history along the way.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Some rangers at Yellowstone suggested that we take the drive to Earthquake Lake. I'm glad we took the time. To most of us, earthquakes mean broken windows or things falling off of shelves, not a mountain falling down. In 1959, a large earthquake triggered a huge landslide and killed several campers. You can still clearly see all of the damage... More

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Chisholm, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

was sad but very enlightening...most earthquakes happen somewhere else in the world...this place brought it home.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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224 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Earthquake lake was formed on August 17, 1959 when a massive earthquake hit the area. Half of a mountainside collapsed and blocked the Madison River. The majority of the campers there that night survived, but there is a memorial at the visitor's center dedicated to those who did not. There are many pullouts along the lake with interpretive signs explaining... More

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North Conway, New Hampshire
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128 reviews 128 reviews
63 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We visited the Earthquake Lake Visitor Center. We learned the incredible story about how a 1959 earthquake struck late at night and caused immense damage to the local area. 28 people perished as a result. This is another piece of US history I knew nothing about until I visited West Yellowstone, MT. It is good to know you learn something... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
35 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Stopped to see what earthquake lake was all about and found out. who knew how an out of the way place had so much impact on the surrounding area. The scenery has been permanently modified by tragedy. It affected the geysers in Yellowstone. The stop was a hidden gem.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stopped to read the marker at the lake. I had never heard anything about the event that caused the death and destruction. It was certainly worth the time to just spend a few moments reading about this event in history. Before we drove away just across the parking lot were three longhorn sheep just grazing around as though no... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Who would have thought that this could happen? But it did and I would highly recommend visiting and learning about it. To see the side of a mountain laying in the valley and what it created was spectacular but rather unfortunate for those who perished. I will never be able to camp again without thinking of this event again.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Imagine that your family and you are fast asleep in your sleeping bags only to be awoken by the earth shifting so dramatically that everything around you is in a different place. That's precisely what happened to the campers at Quake Lake. We got an idea of how insignificant we are in the face of nature.

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