A piece of history from our trip to Yellowstone… The Old Faithful Inn was built in 1904 by a young, unknown architect. Robert Reamer was 29 years old, it was his first major project. How was he able to design what was to become a national historic landmark in the first national park? Like most good things in life, I guess he was just at the right place, at the right time.
Instead of following expectations of an “international” style hotel, one that any big city dweller would understand, the hotel went a totally different direction. Using the surrounding lodgepole pine in the area, it was a rustic, yet luxurious log hotel. Yes, a log hotel, complete with a grand dining hall, massive stone chimney, multi level mezzanines that focused on the hotel lobby, and best of all, a little tree house nook.
Back in the day, one would travel many days from the train station to the Old Faithful Inn. The train companies were never given permission to build rails through the park. They marketed the multi day trip on a stagecoach as a grand tour of sorts… an adventure through the park in a covered wagon until you reach the hotel. When the stagecoach rolled up to the entrance, you would be greeted by “rustic-luxury” and a clear view of the one of the wonders of the park… Old Faithful and the surrounding geysers and river. I can only imagine an awe inspiring experience over 100 years ago as it is still a truly amazing experience right there, right now.