Glacier National Park’s favorite backcountry respite house, The Sperry Chalet is no more. The Sprague fire quickly engulfed the 100+ year-old structure after wind caused a run that could not be suppressed by fire fighting efforts.
Officials had previously doused the structure in water, added fireproof wrapping to its perimeter, and fought side by side to save the backcountry chalet. Those efforts proved no match for nature’s might. Check out the following photos and video courtesy of Glacier National Park…
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It is with somber hearts we report that #SperryChalet, a #NationalHistoricLandmark, was burned in the #SpragueFire yesterday evening. We are grateful for the safety and efforts of the firefighters to save the chalet along with the surrounding structures that remain. Sperry Chalet had been evacuated last week, so only firefighters remained in the area. We encourage you to share your photos and memories with hashtags, #SperryChalet and #GlacierNPS. Thanks to @gsaontour for sharing this photo. Sperry Chalet was one of 9 chalets built in Glacier's backcountry by the #GreatNorthernRailway between 1910-1915. Of the 9, one was destroyed by an avalanche, another by fire, and 5 others were razed in the 1940's due to their severely deteriorated condition from weathering winters in the high country. The two chalets built from native stone, #GraniteParkChalet and Sperry Chalet continued to provide service following refurbishment in the mid-1990s. Sperry provided "luxury" service with linens and 3 meals per day, while Granite Park, now the last remaining chalet, continues to provide rustic service with a kitchen available for preparing your own meals and optional linen service.
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