Old Faithful Inn and the Old Faithful Geyser
Another bucket list item checked off!! (Kind of!) This one was see Old Faithful Geyser erupt (we saw it twice, from two different angles!) and drink hot chocolate while sitting in front of the giant fireplace in Old Faithful Inn. (We drank coffee instead of hot chocolate, and the fire wasn’t on in the grate.. but it was still fun!!!)
Some more Wikipedia info!
The Old Faithful Inn is a hotel located in Yellowstone National Park with a view of the Old Faithful Geyser. The Inn has a multi-story log lobby, flanked by long frame wings containing guest rooms.
With its log and limb lobby and massive 500-ton, 85-foot stone fireplace, the inn is an example of the “Golden Age” of rustic resort architecture. It is unique in that it is one of the few log hotels still standing in the United States. It was the first of the great park lodges of the American west.
Initial construction was carried out over the winter of 1903-1904, largely using locally obtained materials including lodgepole pine and rhyolite stone. When the Old Faithful Inn first opened in the spring of 1904, it boasted electric lights and steam heat.
The structure is the largest log hotel in the world; possibly even the largest log building in the world. The inn’s architect was 29-year-old Robert Reamer, an architect for the Yellowstone Park Company, which was affiliated with the Northern Pacific Railway.
The central feature of the Old House is a tall gabled log structure housing the lobby, dominated by a deep, steeply-pitching shingled roof. The Old House uses load-bearing log lower exterior walls with a log pole interior framework supporting seven stories, six of which are the roof structure. The upper gable walls are of milled lumber framing with shingle sheathing. The front slope of the shingled roof is accented by shed and gabled dormers, some of which are purely decorative. Both interior and exterior framing is supported by twisted or curved branches, giving the entire structure a strongly rustic air.
Offset to the southeast corner, the stone fireplace measures 16 feet square at the base. It features four main hearths, one on each face, with smaller hearths, each with a flue, at the corners. An ironwork clock decorates the north face of the upper chimney in the lobby. Custom ironwork, most notable in the main entrance door and the clock, was forged at the site by an ironmonger named Colpitts.
Just outside the Inn, you can watch the famous Old Faithful Geyser, a cone geyser. Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name. It is one of the most predictable geographical features on Earth, erupting every 35 to 120 minutes.