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Many Glacier's Original Decor Many Glacier's Main wing opened to the public on July 4, 1915. The Annex was finished for the 1917 season. The building's appearance in those days was quite different than it is today. The steepled portico was not constructed until the 1950's. Thus, guests often were drenched with rain when they alighted at the front door. The great stone chimney by the door was much more prominent in the days before the portico. A Swiss handyman used to climb this chimney in his lederhosen and Alpine hat, to amuse the passersby. This practice was banned after it was taken up by "gearjammers" (Glacier Park bus drivers) who were less proficient in balance and dexterity. The most striking feature of Many's original decor was the Circular Staircase. Standing in the lobby, near the front of the present gift shop, it led downstairs to the Bamboo Room (now renamed the St. Moritz). The staircase included two semicircular flights of stairs, with bevelled handrails. In th, center was a fountain: a tall mound of native rocks and ferns, surrounded by a pool full of trout. The hotel's decor was a startling combination of styles, reflecting Louis Hill's eclectic taste. It included elements of the American West, the Swis Alps, and the Orient. Japanese parasol were set in stumps on the lobby floor. Dozens of Oriental lanterns hung overhead. Bearskins and buffalo skulls were hung at regular intervals on the balcony. All around the lobby were thick, knobby pillars upright cedar logs, with the bark removed. These logs had been brought by train from the West Coast (as had a set of anomalous totem poles, unknown to the local Indians). The lobby floor was painted bright van, Windsor chairs, wicker chairs, and canv folding chairs stood about the lobby. In the dining room hung long canvase covered with Blackfeet Indian picture writing. These pictographs told the exploits of the painters, who bore such names as Chief Boy, Shorty Black Bear, Many Tailfeathers, and Stingy. The dining room's handsome highbeamed roof was fully exposed in the early days; the false ceiling had not yet been constructed. Many Glacier was nearly selfsufficient in the years before World War Two. A hydroplant below Swiftcurrent Falls provided the valley's electric power. A laundry (staffed by young women called the "Laundry Queens") washed and ironed the sheets and towels. The kitchen cooled its meat with ice bunkers. The ice was cut in big blocks on Swiftcurrent Lake in the wintertime, and stored ln an icehouse, which still stands on Burch's Bay. The doorway leading into the Employee Cafeteria bore the inscription from the gates of Hell in Dante's Inferno : "ABANDON HOPE, ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE." Employees and guests alike enjoyed "The Plunge," an indoor swimming pool with a lifeguard known as "The Duke of Dirtywater." The pool grew murky and forbidding due to infestations of algae, and eventually had to be filled in. Top


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