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Sperry Chalet was one of the early landmarks of Glacier

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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - The burning of the historic Sperry Chalet comes after the iconic building had served travelers in Glacier National Park's backcountry for more than a century. 

The chalet was erected in 1913 by railroad magnate James J. Hill, as he and his son looked at ways to spur westward tourist travel on their Great Northern Railway. The chalet opened in 1914, its rock and wood construction weathering decades of the elements at the 6,500-foot elevation. 

The chalet was listed as a National Historic landmark, and although there had been a few changes and improvements, the facility was largely unchanged, serving hikers with private, rustic guest rooms and informal meals. 

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