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Property Name Rising Wolf
Reference Number 16000772
State Montana
County Glacier
Town St. Mary
Street Address Saint Mary Lake,Glacier National Park
Multiple Property Submission Name Glacier National Park MPS
Status Listed 11/14/2016
Areas of Significance Criterion A: Transportation, Criterion A: Entertainment/Recreation
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The Rising Wolf is eligible for listing under criteria A and C. Under Criterion A, the boat is eligible for its role it played, and continues to play, in the development of recreation within Glacier National Park. Even prior to its establishment as a National Park in 1910, boating occurred in the park area, both as a means of travel and also for recreation and sightseeing. The boating concession represented one leg in the development of the nascent recreational infrastructure of the park, serving as another means of luring tourists to the area. As an early representative of the first park-wide boating concession and its importance to the success of the concession and tourism within the park, the Rising Wolf is eligible under Criterion A. The Rising Wolf is also eligible under Criterion C as an excellent example of a carvel planked boat constructed using traditional boat-working techniques and materials by J. W. Swanson, an early influential boat builder both in and outside the park.5 The history of boats in Glacier is inextricably entwined with Swanson. Swanson's Rising Wolf retains the vast majority of its original components and serves as an excellent representation of the boats that historically plied the waters of Glacier National Park. The few Swanson boats that remain in the park are significant, rare examples of a type of boat once common on American waterways from Florida's Silver Springs to the Wisconsin Dells.

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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria