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Address: 27 miles northwest of West Yellowstone and 44 miles south of Ennis, Montana on US Highway 287., West Yellowstone, MT
Phone Number: 4066827620
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Description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.

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the lake quakes

Educational museum that shows how the quake killed seven people, then sent a mountain sliding down to a river, burying 19 people, whose bodies were never recovered.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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carlsbad, United States
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carlsbad, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Educational museum that shows how the quake killed seven people, then sent a mountain sliding down to a river, burying 19 people, whose bodies were never recovered.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I had read about the Hebgen Lake earthquake and it was referred to numerous times at different visitor centers in Yellowstone. I found the subject intriguing, but I was not aware there was an official memorial. And then, on our drive back to Seattle, we passed the museum along the way and pulled in for a short stop, as we... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We visited this site and found the history and stories of the earthquake in 1959 very moving. It was amazing how much earth was moved during this earthquake which formed the lake

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Burnet, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Fascinating and bit eerie place. Had heard about Quake Lake for a number of years. So glad finally went to see this area. Back on Aug 17, 1959 a 7.5 earthquake triggered a massive landslide which dammed up the Madison River just below the Hebgen Lake dam. 80 million tons of rock slid off a mountain blocking the river and... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I am a survivor of the 1959 earthquake at Hebgen Lake. I was back to visit the quake Visitor Center on August 15th for a book signing. Every time I come around the bend and see the massive slide my stomach starts hurting. Its surreal being there, and hard to believe I escaped alive, and yet I am drawn there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It's happenned after the earthquake and in the lake still treas I think I have a big change to sea threas inside the lake because in the future maybe no one sea that...

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Be sure to allow plenty of time to watch the video at the Visitors Center then hike around the area. It's almost eery and deathly quiet especially with afternoon breezes. The Big Earthquake from 1959!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

An unusual "natural wonder" in an area of natural wonders. On our first visit here several years ago we meet a woman who, as a child had been camping in the campground, but got sick in the night and was driven to town and returned the next morning after to find a gigantic builder on her tent. Be sure to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I had never heard of Earthquake Lake but after learning about all the geological features of the Yellowstone area we decided to check this out. What a worthwhile place to visit! There is a short video to watch for an overview. The first hand accounts that you can read throughout the Visitors Center were fascinating. It makes you realize how... More 

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Buda, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My beautiful wife and I with the in-laws stopped a quaint cafe called the Campfire Lodge Cafe. From 191 traveling on 287 towards Quake Lake, look just past the dam on the left. You will see Campfire Lodge Cafe. Stop!! They are open for breakfast and lunch. The food is great, the fellowship is great, and the portions are rediculously... More 

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