Saturday, April 14, 2012

More Yellowstone, Old Faithful Inn pictures

Some more pictures of the Old Faithful Inn from my Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant trip - this time pics of the beautiful interior woodwork. I'm not that good of a photographer, but here are just a few more reasons why I love the Old Faithful Inn.

Here's a photo (on a rather cloudy day) taken of the back of the Inn. The pictures of the interior that follow are all from the main part of the building beneath the flags.

This is the lobby at night. The lights look like candles, but they're electric and always have been, ever since the place was built in 1904.

Here's a close-up of one of the sets of lights. The squiggly lines in the logs are made from some kind of insect or worm that burrowed beneath the bark of the lodgepole pines.

Here are a couple shots of the intricate jungle-gym-like interior:

The balcony looking over the dining room. Note the light sconces on either side, because in the picture after this one I show what is on one of those sconces.

This is what's on the inside of one of the sconces - the names of employees who played on this balcony for the entertainment of the dining room guests in 1924. The opposite sconce lists players from 1926. I tried to find some info about these people in the archives in Gardiner, but came up empty. I of course may have missed something. If anyone knows anything about these folks, let me know!

I got to go up onto the roof with a bellman, and I'll post those pics at a later date.

Thanks for looking!

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  1. Great photos Joel. I was fortunate enough to have lived in Bat's Alley for two and a half summers. Your pics bring back so many wonderful memories. I can still remember the smell of the wood and hear the sound of the wooden stairs on the way up to the Alley. Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks, Leon - I spent four summers in Ystone, at different locations, and I know what you mean by the wood smell and creak of the stairs. Wonderful memories is right!