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Sperry Chalet

Sperry Chalet Preservation Crew Begins Race Against Winter

Sep 25, 2017
Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet as seen in June, 2017.
Eric Whitney

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Stabilization efforts on the remains of a historic Montana dormitory that was severely damaged by an Aug. 31 wildfire are expected to begin next month.

Missoula-based DCI+BCE Engineers already has visited the Sperry Chalet hotel building and submitted its recommendations on what needs to be done to ensure the four stone walls don't collapse from this winter's wind and snow.

Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet as seen in June, 2017.
Eric Whitney

Glacier National Park has begun stabilization work at the Sperry Chalet dormitory building to prepare for winter. The Park calls it a critical first step in preserving the original structure and rebuilding the historic building.

Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is known for its rugged, wild nature. But even in the farthest reaches of the backcountry, weary hikers and horseback riders could always count on a soft cot and hot meal at one of the park's oldest lodges, the Sperry Chalet.

Glacier National Park's Sperry Chalet as seen on July 21, 2017.
Courtesy Bret Bouda

Thursday night, strong winds fanned the Sprague Fire burning in Glacier National Park and nearly doubled its size. The flames engulfed and destroyed the main rock and timber dormitory of the Sperry Chalet, which for more than a hundred years offered a haven of amenities to hikers in Glacier’s rugged backcountry.

Today, the internet is flooded with personal stories that together weave a history of the lost National Historic Landmark.

Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet as seen in June, 2017.
Eric Whitney

One of Glacier National Park’s historic backcountry lodges was lost to the Sprague Fire Thursday evening.

The main building at the Sperry Chalet burned despite firefighters’ best efforts. The team had staged there for the past week to lay an extensive hose, sprinkler and pump system around all of the structures associated with the Chalet.

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