Here is a picture of the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn from 1950. (Photograph by D.H. Robinson NPS). You may notice the affects of the 1936 forest fire in the background. The fire destroyed thirty-three of the fifty-four auto cabins, however the auto store and the Many Glacier Hotel were saved by the staff's valiant fire-fighting efforts through the night. All but the two Many Glacier Chalets next to the waterfall at the foot of Swiftcurrent Lake were lost to the fire. Today, visitors can expect one of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Glacier National Park right from this same parking lot. A Park ranger even sets up a spotting scope, giving visitors a chance to get a close up yet safe view of the critters.