The History of the Hotel Wolf in Saratoga, Wyoming
123 years ago this week, one of Wyoming's most beloved landmarks opened for business.
On New Year's Eve, 1893, Frederick G. Wolf hosted a masquarade ball, welcoming the public inside his grand, victorian style Hotel Wolf in Saratoga.
Guests from all over the region attended the affair, which lasted into the wee hours of the morning. In fact, the party is still going.
Wolf, who had come to Saratoga seeking relief for rheumatism in the nearby hot springs, constucted the iconic three-story with red brick from the Snowy Mountain Range.
In the heydey of stage coaches, which ran from Encampment to the Walcott Junction at the Union Pacific Railroad, the hotel also served as Saratoga's first stage stop.
Considered among the most elegant buildings of its era, the hotel catered to wealthy cattlemen and miners. It has also hosted many political dignitaries and celebrities, including "Superman" actor Christopher Reeves.
While the hotel has been through several owners and a few name changes over the years, its legacy remains intact. In 1974, the Hotel Wolf was named to the National Register of Historic Places.