Friday, September 2, 2011

Lodge owners see conservation in its future

Salmon River Lodge to become private retreat


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

Stanley's historic Salmon River Lodge passed to new owners this week, and with the end of one era comes the beginning of another.

New owners John Cassidy and family, of Palo Alto, Calif., bought the property at a foreclosure auction in July.

In a written statement, Cassidy said he and his wife have "a lifelong affection for the valley and its mountains and rivers."

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He said they've been coming to the Stanley area since the 1970s, when he worked as a commercial rafting guide. He later turned to kayaking and spent the 1980s running the state's rivers and creeks. He later went back to rafting with friends and family, mostly on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon.

"Our plans for the property are still gelling, of course, but we are preservationists at heart and will treat the property accordingly," he said.

The Cassidys have no plans for a commercial enterprise on the property, he said.

"My family and I look forward to turning the Salmon River property into a family retreat where we can enjoy the natural beauty that drew me to the valley in the first place, while preserving the scenic and environmental values of our small piece of it."

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com




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