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Sperry Chalet reconstruction begins

FILE- This Aug. 31, 2017, file image from video provided by the Hutton Incident Team shows the historic main Sperry Chalet building engulfed in flames in Glacier National Park, Mont. Some Montana companies hope to keep the fame of the spruce tree that served as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree alive by trucking the tree back home to Montana. Organizers hope it can be used to help rebuild a century-old chalet in Glacier National Park that was destroyed in a wildfire last summer. (uncredited / AP)
FILE- This Aug. 31, 2017, file image from video provided by the Hutton Incident Team shows the historic main Sperry Chalet building engulfed in flames in Glacier National Park, Mont. Some Montana companies hope to keep the fame of the spruce tree that served as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree alive by trucking the tree back home to Montana. Organizers hope it can be used to help rebuild a century-old chalet in Glacier National Park that was destroyed in a wildfire last summer. (uncredited / AP)

Reconstruction of the historic Sperry Chalet has begun.

Dick Anderson Construction received permission to proceed with construction on July 5.

Temporary platforms for crew sleeping facilities will be the first thing constructed. This summer’s work will include new foundation work to stabilize and level the interior structure, with the ultimate goal of supporting a roof, according to a Glacier National Park news release.

Those interested may hike to the historic chalet and see the construction. The hike is approximately 6 1/2 miles each way with more than 3,400 feet in elevation gain. It’s not recommended to hike there and back in one day.

Swan Mountain Outfitters will offer horseback rides to the chalet on a limited basis. More details and reservation information can be found on their website (swanmountainglacier.com.)

The Sperry Chalet Dining Room will begin operating to serve construction crews and visitors to the area. Food is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast and dinner will be available to the public via reservation with Belton Chalets, Inc. by calling (888) 345-2649.


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