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Monday, August 19, 2013

Historic Polebridge

Rick Morgan

This year, like last year, we trekked up the long and dusty gravel road to the best little bakery around. Why? The Polebridge Mercantile has the best bread, cookies, and scones in the area. Now that’s not the only reason! The scenery along the way is spectacular!



It serves as a general store, as well as, a base camp in the remote upper reaches of the North Fork of the Flathead River. The Mercantile was built in 1914 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.



Right next to it is the Northern Lights Saloon. They feature occasional live music, delicious dinners and pizzas…but you have to wait until 4 p.m. daily throughout the summer season to enjoy it. But then again, if you’re not there at 4 p.m. you can walk around the grounds and enjoy the clever sayings on the building, and make a pit-stop in the outhouse before you head on to your destination.





Polebridge is not in Glacier National Park; however it borders the Parks’ boundaries. The area itself is just stunning and you do get fantastic views, plus you will see the remnants of the 2003 Robert’s fire as well as fires from earlier years. It’s amazingly beautiful how the forest regenerates.


Oh... the dozen cookies we bought was seriously depleted by the time we arrived back home.