Despite fears for its safety, a 105 year old landmark in the hamlet of Wayne is in pretty good shape after this week's flood on the Rosebud River.
The Rosedeer Hotel and Last Chance Saloon has been a fixture in the valley since 1913 and has survived numerous high water events over the last century, but owner Dave Arsenault admitted he had his doubts during the worst of the flooding.
"The fact that it lasted so long was what surprised me; I didn't think there was that much snow up there, but it just kept coming and coming and coming," he related. "It would go down, then come back up, and go down. We just waited for it to recede so we could start assessing the situation."
"The building, so far, has suffered very little damage as a consequence of the flood, so we're very lucky there," stated Arsenault. "The grounds are a mess, but we're working on getting that cleaned up as soon as possible."
The hotel backs onto the river and all of the ground behind it, including the lower deck, is covered in mud, but nothing much of value was damaged.
"Getting the campground ready for Waynestock, which is fully booked, that's the big one and we have a few weddings booked this summer," outlined Arsenault. "We've got a lot of hard work coming up, but there's no end to the volunteers that have stepped up to say they'd love to come out and help. We're so grateful for that."
Arsenault doesn't know when the Saloon, which is on well water, will be open again for business, but he doesn't think it will be very long.

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