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Lake Yellowstone Hotel

The Lake Yellowstone Hotel. (Acroterion/Wikipedia)

Lake Yellowstone Hotel is well into its second century, and still one of the really spectacular lodging establishments in Wyoming. It’s the second-largest wood-framed building in North America, and the oldest extant hostelry in Yellowstone Park. Lake Yellowstone Hotel is located on the west slope of the scenic Absaroka Range and on the shores of spectacular Yellowstone Lake.

Lake Yellowstone Hotel took 3 years to build, and was completed in 1891 by the Northern Pacific Railroad. It was a simple box-like structure then, but in 1901, Lake Yellowstone Hotel took on a major transformation. Harry Child bought the property, and hired reknowned architect Robert Reamer, the man who had designed the Old Faithful Inn. Reamer created a grand log masterpiece, a sprawling Southern Colonial-style mansion with distinctinve ionic columns. There are 158 guestrooms today, available from mid-May to early-October.

There are, of course, the sensational rocking-chair views of Yellowstone Lake, and the surrounding mountain scenery is breathtaking. American Presidents have stayed here, Calvin Coolidge was the first in 1920. And numerous renovations, including the annual 500-gallon paintjob, keep Lake Yellowstone Hotel looking like a member on the National Register of Historic Places.

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