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Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved An Initial 68 Feet From River's Edge

A historic chalet has been moved 68 feet away from the eroding edge of a river in a remote wilderness area.

Officials with Olympic National Park said Tuesday that contractors are expected to complete the relocation of the Enchanted Valley chalet over the next few days.

The chalet is 13 miles from the nearest road in Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington state.

The 42-foot-by-28-foot structure was built as a backcountry lodge in the 1930s. It has been used as a wilderness ranger station and emergency shelter.

On Sept. 1, mules were used to transport equipment and materials, including hardware and tools. Steel beams and other large items were flown in by helicopter.

Monroe House Moving, Inc. of Sequim, worked to lift the chalet off its foundation and start moving it on Saturday and Sunday.

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