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August 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Crews will move a Quinault River chalet with mules, helicopter

The Enchanted Valley Chalet stands on the eroding bank of the Quinault River in Olympic National Park in Washington state. The park says it is moving forward with a plan to move the chalet that is being threatened by the shifting east fork of the river. (Olympic National Park, File)

The Enchanted Valley Chalet stands on the eroding bank of the Quinault River in Olympic National Park. The park says it is moving forward with a plan to move the chalet. (Olympic National Park, File)

The Associated Press

PORT ANGELES — An historic Olympic National Park lodge teetering on the edge of the Quinault River should be moved next month before it falls into the water.

The park has awarded a $124,000 contract to the Monroe House Moving company of Carlsborg to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet to safer ground.

The Peninsula Daily News reports  most materials will be packed in by mule because the site is in a wilderness area. The park service will provide a helicopter for big equipment.

The chalet is located 13 miles from the nearest road. It was built as a backcountry lodge in the 1930s, before the creation of the park. More recently, it has been used as a wilderness ranger station and emergency shelter.

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