Old Faithful Inn and the Old Faithful Geyser

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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.

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

40 thoughts on “Old Faithful Inn and the Old Faithful Geyser

    • 3 September, 2015 at 4:49 pm
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      I actually enjoyed the Inn more than the geyser.. I think modern fountains and technology has spoiled this generation for natural wonders like geysers.. I’m like, “I saw something like this at World of Color at Disneyland… or the Bellagio…” lol!

  • 3 September, 2015 at 1:53 am
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    How fun! The inn looks incredible, and I’m adding Yellowstone to my bucket list 🙂

  • 3 September, 2015 at 6:25 am
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    lovely photos! and your child is just sooo adorable, you’ve got a lovely little family there 🙂

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • 3 September, 2015 at 4:49 pm
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      Awww, thank you Jessica! <3

    • 3 September, 2015 at 4:50 pm
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      Same here, haha… I didn’t want to leave!

  • 3 September, 2015 at 3:09 pm
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    Wow that log inn looks incredible!

    • 3 September, 2015 at 4:50 pm
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      Right/!?!?

  • 3 September, 2015 at 7:14 pm
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    These photos are amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit Old Faithful…it looks so cool!

  • 3 September, 2015 at 7:33 pm
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    I have ALWAYS wanted to go in there. Maybe someday I will. It’s more rustic than rustic. I love that look.
    I have been to Old Faithful, though. Was not disappointing!

    • 8 September, 2015 at 2:57 pm
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      Yeah, this is a def must-see! <3

  • 3 September, 2015 at 8:22 pm
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    oh my goodness what a wonderful family experience! I wish I could have seen Tessa’s face as she witnessed this marvel of God’s Creation! Thyme is happy as always, what a cutie!

    • 8 September, 2015 at 2:57 pm
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      Yeah, she kept going, “Oh wow!! Oh wow!!” lol!

  • 4 September, 2015 at 9:34 am
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    I visited old faithful when I was younger and it was definitely exciting to see! The inside of that inn looks intense! We didn’t stay there when i visited but when we go back with the kids I definitely want to give it a visit!

  • 4 September, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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    Wow! I need to do this! I sometimes think I have to go to another country to hit those bucket list items and totally overlook stuff like this. Adding it to my list!

    • 8 September, 2015 at 2:58 pm
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      Yeah, I am working on my stateside bucket list right now… while I have little ones, haha!

  • 4 September, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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    Awesome family & landscape shots! I’ve only seen Geyser once & that was in New Zealand. I had such a fun time! xoxo

  • 4 September, 2015 at 4:02 pm
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    Wow, I really wish to see the geyser with my own eyes! So much power in beauty in your shots!
    Looking at your photos always makes me smile and warm inside, such a sweet family pictures)
    Wishing you wonderful weekend Gingi!

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  • 4 September, 2015 at 5:43 pm
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    Just amazing photo’s – I love the colours in all of them, so different.
    Your kids are adorable.

    Happy Weekend Wishes

    All the best Jan

    • 8 September, 2015 at 2:59 pm
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      Yeah, every few steps and the landscape would change! It’s so wild there!

    • 8 September, 2015 at 2:59 pm
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      <3

  • 7 September, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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    Gingi, the pictures are incredible… I would love the opportunity to visit this place sometime in the future too… some really great pictures of the geyser erupting… Your children are adorable xox

  • 8 September, 2015 at 5:08 pm
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    Beautiful pictures! The Old Faithful Inn definitely looks beautiful – seems like a great way to experience the park. Thanks for sharing!

    • 9 September, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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      Of course! Thanks for stopping by! <3

    • 9 September, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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      LOL, yeah, the ceilings are amazing!!

  • 14 September, 2015 at 9:12 pm
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    Wow! The details and decor at the Inn are wonderful. I actually have never thought about visiting Old Faithful before, but the pictures here are quite wondrous. Looks and sounds like you all had an eventful trip!!

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