|For more postcard views of the Old Faithful Inn, see the
History of the Old Faithful Inn section.
This is an early 1900s-era divided-back postcard produced for the Northern Pacific Railroad by
an unidentified manufacturer. This first-floor room of the Old Faithful Inn is still in use as a
guest room. The basic appearance of these rooms has changed little, with log facings on the
walls and original candle-style lighting fixtures as shown here. This woman would probably
feel at home in this room if she were to return to the present-day inn.
On the back of the card the printed message reads
Northern Pacific is the Original, Direct, and Only Line to Gardiner Gateway, Official Entrance to
Yellowstone National Park.
|(left) In 1987 the Old Faithful Inn was added as a National Historic Landmark.
Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. The
following statement of significance describes the Old Faithful Inn's qualification
for this status: "This Landmark was the first building in a National Park
constructed in an architectural style harmonious with the grandeur of the
surrounding landscape. Old Faithful Inn reflects Adirondack Rustic architectural
idiom, but blown up to enormous proportions. Its seven-story high log lobby is
unique in American architecture. Created with gnarled logs and rough sawn
wood for the Northern Pacific Railroad, it has a sense of place as identifiable as
the Park itself."
(Click here for floorplan of the Old Faithful Inn as submitted on the application for the
National Register of Historic Places.)