|For information on the Inn's 2004 Centennial and photos of the Inn's 100th
birthday parade and ceremonies on May 7, 2004 , Click Here
|Except where noted all photographs and content on these pages (c) Frank Markley.
|TRAVEL TO YELLOWSTONE THROUGH A BOOK...
In this section you will find brief descriptions and summaries of a cross section of books
about Yellowstone. Though not meant to be a complete list, these just are some of the many
books you can find about our first national park.
To go to the YELLOWSTONE BOOK PAGES, click here.
My plans for a trip were so often altered that I knew not whither
these pleasant days would find me. But this perfect paradise
could not be supposed and I find myself wishing I could spend
the rest of my days here.
Park visitor Kay Everett, in a postcard from Yellowstone - July 21, 1931
|NOW IN ITS SECOND CENTURY...
Built of native materials beginning in the summer and continuing through the frigid winter of 1903-1904, the
Old Faithful Inn is a marvel of early lodge-style architecture, an achievement that has earned its listing as a
National Historic Landmark. Though assaulted by the 1959 Yellowstone earthquake and threatened by the
firestorm of September 7, 1988 that swept through the Old Faithful area, the structure survives into the 21st
century with all the atmosphere and charm of its opening night in June 1904.
Click here for the OLD FAITHFUL INN HISTORY PAGES.
|MAJOR RENOVATION OF THE OLD FAITHFUL INN...
In October 2004 a multi-year major renovation of the Old Faithful Inn was begun, at a cost of over
$30 million dollars. Its final phase included the repair and restoration of the Inn's massive
chimney/fireplace in the spring and summer of 2012. As a result, the Inn is now earthquakeproof
and structurally ready, it is hoped, for another 100 years of service. Outdated electrical, heating, and
fire sprinkler systems have been replaced and made less conspicuous, and new flooring, roofing,
and shingles have been added. "Old House" rooms in the east and west wings have been brought
up to code, while maintaining their historical integrity and charm. Behind the scenes, the kitchen
and food storage area has been modernized to accommodate present and future demands. The
chimney/fireplace, once blocked as a result of the 1959 Yellowstone earthquake, has now been
restored and all four fireplaces are once again functional. Today's appearance of the interior may in
some ways be closer to what the earliest visitors would have seen. This is a series of photos from
August 2005, as the Inn was in a major phase of the renovation, showing some of the changes to
the lobby as well as exterior work in progress at that time. Also included are links to renovation
progress reports and photos for 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2012.
Click here for OLD FAITHFUL INN RENOVATION PHOTOS, 2005
|AUG/SEPT 1988--YELLOWSTONE'S YEAR OF THE FIRES...
This is a "trip report" of a week in Yellowstone, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7, 1988, including the
last night at the Old Faithful Inn before it was evacuated the next morning due to the
approaching North Fork fire that would sweep through the area later that day. It includes
day-to-day personal observations of and thoughts about the effects of the fires on the
Yellowstone experience during these nine days: road closures, effects on staff and visitors,
observed firefighting activities, and comparisons with previous visits in more usual times.
To go to YELLOWSTONE LATE SUMMER 1988 TRIP REPORT click here.
Gibbon Falls Picnic Area, Aug. 31, 1988
|YELLOWSTONE PHOTO GALLERY...
Yellowstone is an incredibly diverse land of waterfalls, geysers, canyons, streams, wildlife,
meadows, lakes, historic structures, and so much more. Here is a collection of just some of
Yellowstone's many wonders.
To go to the YELLOWSTONE PHOTO GALLERY, click here.
Photo: F. Markley
|HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME...
Although nearly 100 years old, postcards such as the one on the right still bring back the
excitement of the place they called Wonderland. These are small windows to a time when
travel to the Grand Old Park was truly an adventure.
For more YELLOWSTONE POSTCARDS, click here.
Excelsior Geyser (early view)
|YELLOWSTONE JULY 1941 IN PHOTOS...
These pictures were taken by a group of young women from Wisconsin who traveled to
Yellowstone by train in the summer of 1941. Included are some views of the old Canyon
Hotel, plenty of Yellowstone bears, views of old tour buses, and plenty of happy tourists.
To go to YELLOWSTONE 1941 IN PHOTOS, click here.
|A PHOTO TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE AND THE WEST, 1935...
In August 1935 two families from Marion, Ohio took a trip West, including stops at the
Badlands, Yellowstone, Zion, and the city of Los Angeles. Included here are some of the
photos from that trip.
To go to A TRIP WEST IN PHOTOS, 1935 click here.
Fishing Bridge, 1935
|TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE PARK, A DIARY FROM JUNE1934...
This is a short, most likely unfinished 4-day account of a trip to Yellowstone over 70 years
ago, written by a young woman who traveled there in the family car with her parents and
brother. These campers had their share of obstacles during that brief time, but had no
problem finding bears at almost every turn.
To go to TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE PARK, JUNE 1934, click here.
|YELLOWSTONE'S JEWEL ON THE LAKE...
Possibly one of Yellowstone's lesser-known treasures, Lake Yellowstone Hotel is the park's
oldest and most luxurious hotel. The views from its lobby and dining room are spectacular,
and recent renovations have restored it to a 1920s-era elegance. The page at the link below
features contemporary photos of Lake Hotel.
To go to the LAKE YELLOWSTONE HOTEL PHOTO PAGE, click here
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK HERITAGE AND RESEARCH CENTER...
On May 18, 2005 this state-of-the-art facility, located just north of Yellowstone's great
stone arch, was opened to the public. The Heritage Research Center houses the park's
archives, library, and museum collections.
The page at this link features photos from a community open house on August 25, 2005.
To go to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK HERITAGE AND RESEARCH CENTER
OPEN HOUSE, click here.
|OLD FAITHFUL INN PHOTO GALLERY
These pages feature dozens of photographs of the Old Faithful Inn inside and outside, some taken
over 40 years ago. On page 9 are links to the Inn on the Web.
To go to the OLD FAITHFUL INN PHOTO PAGES, click here.
Photo: F. Markley