Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Glacier Park Lodge Centennial Celebration

Mark your calendars for June 22, 2013. The Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary that day.

To celebrate, the lodge will offer a Centennial Celebration Dinner, which will feature the same items that were served at the original opening celebration for the Glacier Park Lodge on June 22, 1913. In addition to great food, live music will also be on tap.

Constructed by the Great Northern Railway almost a century ago, the lodge was built around a three-story lobby that measures 200 feet by 100 feet, and is lined with Douglas-fir columns 40 feet tall, and between 36 and 42 inches in diameter. Each column was brought in by rail from the Pacific Northwest because trees in Montana rarely grow so large. A total of 60 such trees were used, with Douglas-fir in the lobby and cedars for the exterior. The lodge was loosely styled as a Swiss chalet, similar to other lodges and backcountry chalets built by the Great Northern Railway between 1913 and 1917.

Here are a couple of photos from around the lodge:

For more information on the centennial event, please click here. To make reservations for overnight lodging, please visit our accommodations page for East Glacier.

Hiking in Glacier National Park

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