The Ultimate Log Cabin

I just completed a 10 day road trip from Chicago to Yellowstone and back.  During the course of the 3500+ mile trip most nights we camped out in a two-person tent.  However, there was one notable exception, and that was when we crashed at the historic Old Faithful Inn.  In simple terms, the Old Faithful Inn designed by Robert Reamer, is the ultimate log cabin.  While Reamer designed the entire complex, including the additions, only the original structure, first occupied on June 1, 1904, has the rustic look and feel.  That is where we stayed for a night.

Reamer was a lucky man, being in the right place at the right time, creating this lovely building at the age of 29.  Made entirely of Lodgepole Pine, which covers 80% of Yellowstone, the building soars 75 feet into the sky, or roughly the same height of a fully mature Lodgepole Pine.  Originally constructed with the bark still intact, it removed decades later, for reasons not entirely known.  The building opened with electric lights and steam heat and was advertised for the well to do travelers coming to Yellowstone by train.

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Inn in 1959 destroying the rhyolite fireplace in the dining room as well as rendering the Crow’s Nest unstable for loading.  Though the Crow’s Nest also only has one means of egress and therefore does not meet building codes, meaning it would still not be accessible even if it were structurally stable.  The building has undergone various renovations since the late 90s and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.  It is truly a sight to behold and if you ever get the chance to spend the night there, certainly take advantage of it.  (At least stop in and wander around the lobby)  Enjoy some photos I snapped.

The "Tree House" perched high above the lobby.

Looking down on the lobby from the second floor.

Gnarled and diseased limbs were used for supports and details.

Inside the Old Faithful Inn

The original dining room.

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