West Yellowstone, Montana: Quake Lake Earthquake Exhibit

The quake (and lake) happened in 1959. Its consequences are still visible, and exhibits in the visitor center make it clear that people don't fare well in a quake big enough to make a lake.

Quake Lake Visitor Center

Hwy 287, West Yellowstone, MT
The Quake Lake Visitor Center is on Hwy 287, 17 miles west of Highway 191, and 25 miles from the town of West Yellowstone.
Summer daily 8:30 am - 6 pm. (Call to verify)
$3/car, $15/tour bus, $1/hikers/bikers.
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Earthquake damage remains, or maybe it just collapsed on its own.... Quake Lake Earthquake Exhibit

The Quake Lake Earthquake Exhibit is definitely worth the stop! The Ghost Village was a little tricky to find since the sign seemed to have fallen down. It's off a side road before the dam.

[Keegan, 05/23/2012]
Quake Lake Earthquake Exhibit

Quake Lake was formed along the Madison River Canyon in the Gallatin Mountains by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake on August 17, 1959. 80 million tons of earth broke free from Sheep Mountain which blocked the Madison River and created Earthquake Lake. 28 people died in that fateful event.

There is a visitor center which includes educational exhibits and an observation room.

[S. Tice, 07/25/2008]
Earthquake aftermath

Creepy earthquake history galore in this canyon. Earthquake in 1959 caused huge landslides. Rooftops of former mountain resort still poke up through the water. Drive your car on warped road segments that end at faultlines. A big visitor's center near the west end of the canyon tells of campers still buried in their tents. Anyone disappointed in earthquake park at Anchorage, Alaska should come here. This is the real deal.

[K Ward, 07/04/2004]

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