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Old River Bridge


View From South River Bank Looking Northeast

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #305720


Street View 


The Belton Bridge was the western entrance to Glacier National Park from 1920 to 1938, and was one of the park's first major construction projects. Between 1933 and 1938, the bridge was also a vital link on Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 51-mile stretch of scenic road across the park. The road is significant as a unique engineering accomplishment of the early twentieth century, and as the first product of a 1925 cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the Bureau of Public Roads. The Belton Bridge is one of approximately seventeen prominent masonry and concrete structures along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Open-spandrel arch bridge over Middle Fork Flathead River on Old River Bridge Road
Flathead County, Montana
Open to traffic
- Charles A. McClung of Spokane, Washington (Contractor)
- George E. Goodwin (Engineer)
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 209.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Belton Bridge (Original Name)
Belton Bridge (Original Name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.49971, -113.96989   (decimal degrees)
48°29'59" N, 113°58'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/280619/5376103 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Glacier
3201 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 51886 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 31, 2018: New photos from David Jones
  • October 23, 2014: HAER photo posted by Ian Martin
  • October 23, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • March 26, 2012: Added by Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Panorama
  • Luke
  • HAER MT-68 - Belton Bridge, Spanning middle fork of Flathead River at Going-to-the-Sun Road, West Glacier, Flathead County, MT
  • David Jones - david2jpix [at] yahoo [dot] com