Monthly Archives: December 2014

West Yellowstone, Montana

Just outside of Yellowstone National Park is the town of West Yellowstone, Montana. While the park is itself in Wyoming, the western border of the park is also the eastern border of the state of Montana.

Intermountain Tourist Supply, Salt Lake City, 1, Utah

The description states:

WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA

Picturesquely situated in a forest of towering pines, this scenic travel center is located at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Here modern shops and every travel accommodation are to be found.

–The town is still quite small even today, having a population of about 1300. The road shown is posted as US 20 in the extreme right of the image, a central street in the current town. The cars shown indicate this image is from the 1950s.

Old Faithful Inn Lobby, Yellowstone, Wyoming

This hand-colored image shows the monumental lobby of the Old Faithful Inn. The fireplace is 85 feet tall and weighs 500 tons. The object at the top is a clock, and the lobby is surrounded by multiple levels of galleries.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art-Colortone” Post Card

The description states:

Old Faithful Inn Lobby was photographed by artificial light. Notice the huge clock and fireplace, and the crowd of sightseers.

–Also visible in the lower right are band members at their instruments. Presumably music was provided both for background and for evening dancing. This card likely dates from the 1940s.

Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone, Wyoming

This image shows the pathway leading to the Old Faithful Inn, at the left, along with a later expansion in the right center. The original building was constructed in 1904 and was recently renovated to return it to much of its original design.

52K316 — Haynes Studios, Inc., Bozeman, Montana

The description states:

OLD FAITHFUL INN, UPPER GEYSER BASIN

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS OF THE PARK HOTELS. ITS LOBBY, MASSIVE FIREPLACE AND CLOCK, SURROUNDED BY A MAZE OF BALCONIES TRIMMED WITH GNARLED TREE TRUNKS, AND LIKE THE CANYON LOUNGE HOTEL, THIS ONE WAS DESIGNED BY ROBERT C. REAMER.

–The Canyon Hotel¬†mentioned at the end is not the one seen on the right of the picture. That hotel was slated for demolition in 1960, and before demolition proceeded very far, it burned to the ground on August 8, 1960. This card likely dates to the 1950s.