Overnight in the Wilderness
Historic Many Glacier Hotel
In the 1920s, large parties of tourist gathered on horseback at Many Glacier Hotel. The hotel was part of a network of chalets built a day's ride apart-a way for guest to cross the park's wild, roadless interior while spending nights in relative comfort and security. Sperry and Granite Park Chalets continue to play their historic roles by lodging overnight hikers.
A blend of rustic materials ans Swiss chalet style, the hotel's architecture expresses the paradox of Glacier National Park tourism: the attempt to balance development with the forces of wilderness. The Swiss motifs grew out of a campaign to attract vacationers to “America's Alps.”
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 48° 47.797′ N, 113° 39.402′ W. Marker is in Polebridge, Montana, in Glacier County. Marker can be reached from Many Glacier Road (State Highway 3) 11.8 miles west of U.S. 89. The marker is located east of Many Glacier Hotel. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Polebridge MT 59928, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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More about this marker. The caption for the panel background photo reads, "Completed in 1915, Many Glacier Hotel was one of several chalets built by the Great Northern Railway to increase its train ridership to Glacier."
Also see . . . Glacier National Park. U.S. National Park Service (Submitted on July 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.