Sacajawea was the Shoshone Indian who guided Lewis and Clark on their exploration of the Northwest in 1805, and her memory is honored within the boundaries of the hotel that bears her name.
High in the Rockies, the majestic Sacajawea Hotel sits at the corner of Main Street in the quaint town of Three Forks, Montana, where it’s been since 1910. Built as a stopping point for rail travelers wishing to visit Yellowstone National Park, the hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Recently, in celebration of its 100th year standing, the historic property underwent a complete renovation.
After purchasing the hotel in 2009, local resident Dean Folkvord and his family went to work reclaiming the original facade and reconstructing the wraparound porch, while also adding a large new deck off the upstairs bar for alfresco dining and entertaining. The lobby was redone to perfection, retaining the authentic light fixtures, steam heat registers, and dark spruce beams. Not to be outdone, the 29 beautifully designed guest rooms and suites have also received makeovers, now boasting new flooring, updated bathrooms, modern fixtures, comfy beds, and flat-screen televisions.
“When they built this place 100 years ago, I doubt they thought it would still be here today,” says Folkvord. “The renovations are exhaustive, but the finished product is spectacular. I wish J.Q. Adams, the original dreamer that had the Sacajawea built, could see it now.”
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Issue: June 2011