Book: The Beartooth Highway

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Whether you know the Beartooth Highway like the back of your hand or have yet to check it off your bucket list, Jon Axline's The Beartooth Highway (History Press, $26) will show you how impactful this road has been on Montana, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park. From its construction during the Great Depression to its recent listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the Beartooth Highway has bridged a critical gap for both industry and tourism over Montana's highest mountain range. This book tells a story of the people, companies, and government agencies that established and continue to maintain one of the most scenic drives around. Photos spanning a range of over 100 years illustrate the road's history and compliment the narratives of Red Lodge and Cooke City growing from remote mining towns to renowned tourist destinations. We're lucky to have this gem nearby; go for a drive to the top of the world and bring this book along with you.