Traveling kiosk to highlight Beartooth All-American Road

 

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The kiosk depicting the history and fauna of the Beartooth All-American Road can be seen at the Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce. 

A bright, colorful and eye-catching kiosk display showcasing of the historical feat of the Beartooth All-American Road can be seen at the Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce. 

 
The kiosk is the result of grant funding offered by the Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road (FBAAR) who approached the local the Chamber with the idea and offered their services to help it come to fruition.  
 
 
The intent was to create a mobile, traveling kiosk display highlighting the Beartooth All-American Road to include in an educational way, all its history (including the mudslide of 2005), ecology, and recreation aspects. It is made up of 8 panels:
 
 
Panel #1 – Most beautiful highway in America
Panel #2 – Early Crossings
Panel #3 – Blasting the Pass
Panel #4 – Mudslides of 2005
Panel #5 – Geology
Panel #6 – Ecozones
Panel #7 – Wildlife
Panel #8 – Recreation
 
 
Many entities contributed to this project including but not limited to FBAAR, the Montana Office of Tourism, the RLA Chamber, the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, Merv Coleman, Tom Egenes, Bob Wallace, Scott Lauf, Montana Department of Transportation, DOWL HKM (engineers for 2005 mudslides), the Ski Camp, CTA Architects and several individuals.  
 
 
“We appreciate everyone’s input for the verbiage and historical photos that truly make this piece special and representative of this magnificent highway,” said Patty Davis, Chamber Director. 
The kiosk is intended to be interactive and tactile to reach interest of all ages.  
 
 
“We have the 1’ chain links that are currently used on the highway to prevent rock slides, supplied by MDOT for people to view closely, touch and feel.  We also plan to incorporate animal pelts/horns/tracks representative of the wildlife in the area, rocks from the slide and possibly pressed local wildflowers,” said Davis.   
 
 
“We are close to completion, but still rallying for funds for the actual fabrication of the display.  Once complete, it will be mobile and offered to anyone in the community and surrounding areas for use at meetings, conferences, conventions, and exhibits.  The panels are designed to be used together as a complete kiosk or to be used separately, based on the need of the individual or group, highlighting the specific panels listed above,” she said. 
 
 
“We are very grateful to FBAAR for taking the initiative on this project and offering such a useful, educational piece to this community highlighting the Beartooth All-American Road!
Thanks for your support,” said Davis.
 
 
The display will be housed at the Chamber/Visitors Center while not on the road. If anyone is interested in supporting this project and/or utilizing it once complete, please contact the Chamber at 406-446-1718 or redlodgechamber@qwestoffice.net.