Click here to go to 1988 trip report.  Photo (C) 2008
Yellowstone National Park . . .
Yellowstone Notebook
For Yellowstone and Grand Teton Area News Updates and Webcam Links, click here
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
Click here to go to Trip to Yellowstone National Park, 1934.
Links to Other  
Yellowstone
Pages
also  Links to the Old Faithful Inn on the Web
Except where noted all photographs and content on these pages (c) Frank Markley.
Online High Resolution, Zoomable Map of Yellowstone (NPS)
CONTACT
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.
                                                              Acmegraph Postcard
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
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 Outdated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 VIDEO CLIPS...
On this page is a collection of miscellaneous video clips taken during past
Yellowstone trips. They range from thirty seconds to a couple of minutes in
length.
  To go to
YELLOWSTONE VIDEO CLIPS, click here.
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 PAGES, 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