Owners hope to rebuild historic Montana inn destroyed by fire

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This undated file photo shows The Bunkhouse Inn in Augusta that was originally built in 1912. The Bunkhouse Inn burned down on Oct. 10. The owners, Matt and Lori Folkman, said they hope to rebuild it. 

Kristen Inbody, Great Falls Tribune By KARL PUCKETT Great Falls Tribune

GREAT FALLS — The owners of a historic hotel on Main Street in Augusta that burned down last weekend are planning to rebuild a new hotel that they hope will become the western community’s next treasure.

The new Bunkhouse Inn, if it is rebuilt, will capture the western character and history that marked its predecessor, but modern conveniences will be included, owner Matt Folkman told the Great Falls Tribune.

“It’s just watching history disappear,” Folkman said of the Oct. 10 fire that reduced the iconic Bunkhouse Inn to rubble and stunned the community of 300 residents in the heart of ranching country on the east slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

The heat from the flames was so intense firefighters made the decision to bulldoze the hotel before shooting flames jumped to other buildings on Main Street including next-door Latigo

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