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Track the progress of the Great Northern Railway as it takes control of Glacier Park, consumes the competition, and then loses it all.
1895 George Snyder builds the Snyder Hotel on future site of Lake McDonald Lodge
Steamboat service starts on Lake McDonald
Canadian government establishes Waterton National Park
1904 John Lewis buys the Snyder Hotel and surrounding acreage
1907 Louis J. Hill assumes presidency of the Great Northern Railway, formerly run by his father James J. Hill
1910 Glacier National Park is created on May 11
1911 Construction begins on Great Northern chalet system
1913 Glacier Park Lodge opens in June
1914 Lake McDonald Lodge (then called Lewis Glacier Hotel) opens in June
1915 Granite Park Chalet opens
Many Glacier Hotel opens July 4
1916 The National Park Service is created
1919 Hotel owner Lewis builds 3.5 miles of road on the eastern side of Lake McDonald; an important link in Going-to-the-Sun Highway
1930 Lewis sells his hotel to the National Park Service; Glacier Park Hotel Company became the concessionaire
1932 Glacier & Waterton Parks are joined in the first International Peace Park
1933 Going-to-the-Sun Highway (now Road) officially opens in July
1957 The Lake McDonald Hotel becomes the Lake McDonald Lodge, the hotel's fourth name
1960 Glacier Park, Inc., buys all remaining Great Northern hotels and camps in the Park
1987 Many Glacier Hotel complex is designated a National Historic Landmark
1988 A 2-year, $1.2 million rehabilitation of Lake McDonald Lodge begins
1992 Granite and Sperry chalets close due to safety and environmental concerns
1995 Glacier & Waterton National Park is named as a World Heritage Site
1996 Many Glacier Hotel is included in "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places"; basic rehabilitation estimated at $30 million
Granite Park Chalet reopens on a limited basis
1999 The restored Sperry Chalet reopens
2001 Restoration begins at Many Glacier Hotel