FOREWARD TO
"GREAT LODGES OF THE WEST"
from Richard Moe, President
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation
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The National Parks of the West are among America’s greatest treasures. Great Lodges of the West reminds us that these scenic wonderlands, best known for their mountains, canyons, geysers and waterfalls, are also dotted with brick-and-board evidence of our nation’s history.

Glacier National Park, to cite a single example, is home to more than 300 historic structures. Many of them are in serious peril…The famous Many Glacier Hotel, featured in this book, is still in service at present, but it (could be closed) in the near future unless extensive structural repairs are made. The cost of restoring these buildings is estimated in the millions of dollars.

Glacier represents only the tip of the iceberg. In the western United States the National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for 5,000 historic structures in its sprawling region, yet the region’s annual preservation budget is grossly inadequate $1.5 million…Historic structures are not receiving adequate maintenance, and once they begin to fail, funds for repair and restoration are too often unavailable.

The President and Congress are considering a variety of ways---ranging from raising entrance fees to forging partnerships with private-sector individuals and business community---to bring new capital into the parks. Whatever funding mechanisms are employed, it is imperative that the needs of historic resources be addressed on an equal footing with demands for natural resource protection, trail maintenance and wildlife habitat. What is needed is a dedicated fund for maintenance of historic structures in the National Park system.

Now, before it’s too late, is the time for all of us to let it be known that the cultural heritage embodied in our National Parks is worth whatever it takes to save it.

To lose these buildings is to lose a part of the American soul.

RICHARD MOE
President
National Trust for Historic Preservation

 
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