11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Historic Structures in Glacier National Park
Year Listed: 1996
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect
In the early 1900s, the Great Northern Railway built a series of high-country chalets and sprawling hotels to lure visitors to the Glacier National Park. Among these getaways were the Sperry and Granite Park Chalets which were popular until they were forced to close in 1992 when significant deterioration and infrastructure problems made them unsafe for continued public use. And while the Many Glacier Hotel is still in service, it will be forced to close its doors for the same reasons. These three National Historic Landmarks were emblematic of the larger issue at Glacier and other national parks nationwide. Tight budgets, increasing demands on park staff and changing priorities have resulted in little or no maintenance of historic structures. As a result, the sites are left to rot, become safety hazards, are then closed to the public and eventually lost entirely.