A good book to read about the Mount Rainier lodges is, "Mount Rainier's Historic Inns and Lodges", by Jeff and Sanja Anderson. Lots old old photos that show the inns and lodges, plus cabins and tent cabins that were used in the early days of the park. It shows the ones located at Longmire, Paradise, Sunrise and Ohanapecosh.
The original Longmire Inn was built in 1902 and burned down in 1926. It was located where the present day store/gift shop is located. The National Park Inn built in1916 was the "Annex" to the Longmire Inn and is the one still used today. The stone administration building at Longmire was built in 1926.
The inn at Paradise was opened on July 1, 1917 and the annex to it was built in 1920. In the 1930's there were 275 cabins for rent. They were removed by 1943 and sold for $160 each. There was even a 9 hole golf course from 1931 to 1932.
The day use wing (now the dinning room and gift shop) of the Sunrise Inn opened in July 1931 along with the blockhouse which is now the visitor center and gift shop. There were also 215 cabins to rent at $1.50 to $2.50 per day. The rest of the 300 room lodge was never built. The cabins were sold off in the 1930's because of the depression. All were gone at the end of WW2.
In Ohanapecosh there was a hotel, two bath houses and 30 cabins at the hot springs that were opened in 1921 and closed in 1960. The buildings were removed in 1967 and the hot springs went back to their natural state.
I do love historical photographs as there are seemingly so few of them.
What I'd love seeing is the building of I-90 photographs! 1920's -1960's.
The summit of Snoqualmie, the original road route, the buildings? Stevens Pass?
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