Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Old Faithful Inn Fireplace

One more picture from my great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's trip through Yellowstone Park July 21-28, 1915

Massive Fireplace in Old Faithful Inn. Notice all the wood supports and railings behind the fireplace. A few years ago when they were going to refurbish the Old Faithful Inn they hired an architect to help them. When he walked in he said there was no way those support logs could hold up all the floors, railings and roof, as wood is not that strong, but the building has been standing for a century. It took him a while but he found the secrete, all the support logs are hollow and inside them is a steel structure holding up the building and all the floors of the inn.


  1. This is neat! How many thousands have passed through, thinking it was an all wood and stone structure!

    Keep these ancestor stories coming!

    Bill ;-)

    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. Bill I was wondering how they did it. Splitting the logs would be fairly easy just a lot of work, but then to hollow them out would be a lot of work. And when the Old Faithful inn was built, very few power tools so nearly all hand work.



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