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Discover the Old Faithful Inn, which features some of the best National Park Serivce Rustic architecture in the country.

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Old Faithful Inn, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2012, dates back to 1904.

Old Faithful Inn was constructed at the dawn of the 20th century, in which the United States had started to emerge as a global superpower.

A U.S. National Historic Landmark, the Old Faithful Inn has been a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 1991. This holiday destination is among the best examples of National Park Service Rustic architecture in the country. The hotel was also constructed upon the ground of the former Upper Geyser Basin Hotel, which had collapsed during the 1890s. The owner of that first hotel had been the National Pacific Railroad. Under the conditions of its local business license, the railroad needed to have a fully functional hotel near Old Faithful at all times. The National Pacific Railroad, thus, began the process of reconstructing another hotel at the site through its operating company, the Yellowstone Park Association.

After considering several designs, the Yellowstone Park Association decided to hire a young, talented architect named Robert C. Reamer for the project. Reamer had impressed the association’s president, Harry C. Childs, with his proposition to design the structure in a fashion reminiscent to the rustic holiday retreats of New York’s Adirondack Mountains. What Reamer managed to build was nothing short of spectacular. His brilliant seven-story structure featured some of the finest woodwork ever seen at a building of its kind. Both its interior and exterior appearance was defined by lodgepole pine, which Reamer had acquired from mills scattered throughout the area. Beautiful log scissor trusses supported the hotel’s beautiful roof, while a massive stone fireplace greeted guests within its stunning lobby.

Opening in 1904, the inn immediately became one of Yellowstone’s most popular attractions. And as the Old Faithful Inn grew in popularity, so too did its size. The hotel was continuously expanded upon over the course of the next four decades, with Reamer returning to serve as an architectural supervisor each time. Among the new facilities added at the hotel were two new wings that offered over 250 guestrooms, as well as the first iteration of the hotel’s Bear Pit Lounge. It was even Reamer who suggested that the Bear Pit feature its iconic series of humorous bear carvings, which are now immortalized in etched glass. Among the most visited places in Yellowstone National Park today, the Old Faithful Inn till radiates the same rustic charm that Richard C. Reamer first created nearly a century ago.

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    Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1901 – 1909) Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921 – 1923) Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States (1923 – 1929) Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (1933 – 1945)

  • Film, TV and Media Connections +

    Yellowstone (1936)

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