Ahwahnee Hotel’s 85th Anniversary coming July 14

The famous Ahwahnee Hotel was build to attract big spenders to the park. Stephen Mather, then Director of the National Park Service loved Yosemite and he pushed for the construction of a 5-star facility. One requirement was that it not suffer the fate of the many early hotels at the park – fire. In a clever move, the architect used mostly concrete and stone. The “wooden” side slabs you see are really concrete panels that resemble wood grain. Molds replicating the wood patterns were used to form the concrete. Look closely next trip.

Ahwahnee Hotel

The grand hotel was opened on July 14, 1926 – less than a year after the cornerstone was laid. Basic rooms run in the mid $400 per night. 85 years later it is still packing them in.

Ever wonder why the laidies room is upstairs and hard to get to? Seems in the era it was rude for women to have otyhers konw they were “going.”  I have not heard that the  park will celebrate the 85th or not.

SAD NEWS: Peter Barsott, owner of Groveland’s Iron Door Saloon, died of cancer. He was 64.

 
Unrelated thought worth quoting: Welcome to the Hotel California, such a lovely place. Such a lovely face. Their livin’ it up at the Hotel California. What a nice surprise Bring your alibis.The Eagles

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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4 Responses to Ahwahnee Hotel’s 85th Anniversary coming July 14

  1. Dana Worth says:

    Best place ever to crash after the HD hike!!!

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