Grove Park Inn is located in Ashville NC and opened in 1913. Four hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week for $1 a day. Everything had to be hauled up the mountain either by mule train or by car train (for the heavier boulders some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds). The roof is 5 1/2 inch poured concrete yet gives a thatched roof appearance. Inside is the largest collection of Mission style furniture in the country. Many famous people have stayed here including Houdini, Will Rogers Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and 10 Presidents. F. Scott Fitzgerald spent the summers of 1935 and 36 at the Inn to be near Zelda, who was in a nearby sanitarium. Deemed too costly to tear down, it was renovated, including the addition of a 40,000 sq. ft. spa, and then another $25,000,000 was spent in 2012. The first two photos show a mule train and a car train in 1912 (click to enlarge). The third photo shows the Inn’s setting in 1913 just before it opened. Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford appear in the 1918 photo. The next photo is undated.
The Phoenix Building is located in Pittsford NY. It was opened in 1814 as an inn along a stage line.It served that purpose for 150 years hosting the likes of DeWitt Clinton (who was surveying for the eventual Erie Canal), the Marquis de Lafayette, and Daniel Webster. It burned in 1963 and sat idle for one year before it was renovated into commercial and office space. The first photo is dated 1910, the second is from the 1920s, and the third is a Parade Day in the late 20s.
Bush House is located in Index WA and opened in 1898. It served the tourist trade from Seattle as well as the growing local lumber and mining industries causing the need for extensive additions to the original building. However, it eventually fell into disrepair and closed in 2001 and was sold in 2011. The new owners have made extensive repairs and, although no date has been set, it is expected to reopen soon. The first photo shows the original building in 1891 while the third shows Bush House with the first car to arrive in Index, and the fourth is from the early 1900s.
Timberline Lodge is located at the base of Mt. Hood OR having been constructed by the WPA starting in 1936 and dedicated by FDR in 1937. It served as an exterior for the hotel in the movie The Shining. Timberline Lodge is four stories tall, is 40,000 square feet, and is open for skiing year round, which accounts for its average of 2,000,000 visitors a year. The first photo shows the building under construction and the third and fourth show it’s dedication.
The Cashtown Inn was built in 1797 and got it’s name from the owner’s requirement for cash to use his road. It was heavily occupied by Confederate forces during the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. The Confederates’ retreat started at the Inn and consisted of a 17-mile wagon train . The Inn is now a B&B. A personal note–take the two-hour horseback ride through the battlefield and return to the Cashtown for some drinks at the very same bar where Sam Elliot and Martin Sheen hoisted a few after a days’ filming of the movie Gettysburg. (See last photo below)
The front of the Inn was the site of General Lee and his troops hearing the heavy sounds of the battle’s first day–July 1, 1863. The first photo is a painting by Mort Kunstler capturing that moment. The next photo is dated 1909.
Turkey Run State Park is located in west central Indiana near the town of Marshall. The Inn opened in 1919 and looks much the same as it did back then. The first photo is undated.
Located in Zig Zag, Oregon, the Barlow Trail Roadhouse was originally called The Gateway Inn since it was (and still is) the gateway to the Mount Hood area from the west. Built in 1926 it was a favorite hangout for workers constructing the nearby Timberline Lodge at the base of Mount Hood. It was known to have “the best food downstairs and the best girls upstairs”. The first photo is from the 1930s.
Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park was opened in 1914. It was then known as Lewis Glacier Hotel and was renamed in 1957. The front is on the lakeside because all early visitors came by boat since the first roads weren’t completed until 1921. After Glacier National Park was established in 1910, the need for expanded accommodations arose, and the lodge was built. It is interesting that, for many years, the Great Northern Railway operated everything in the Park except the lodge, which was privately owned and on private land. It was sold to the National Park Service in 1930. The first photo is dated 1920 and shows the front before it became obscured. The side view is from 1915.
Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain was born in Florida in 1835 the night Halley’s Comet appeared. At age 4 he moved to Hannibal Mo. where he lived for 14 years. In 1902 he returned to Hannibal to visit his boyhood home as seen in the first 3 photos. Note Tom Sawyer’s fence as well as the petite lady with the white dress and umbrella off to the right who then appears to get a better view from the left in the second, hand-painted photo (click to enlarge).
In 1871 Mark Twain moved to Hartford CT where he built a large, impressive mansion, completing it in 1874. The 1st photo is dated 1874 and the 3rd shows him with his family on his porch in 1884.