Wolf Hotel, Saratoga

By Luke Anderson

October 5, 2016

In a way, the the Wolf Hotel in Saratoga owes its existence to a particular case of rheumatism. Frederick Wolf, the founder of the hotel, suffered from achy joints and traveled to the hot springs in Saratoga for relief in 1887 (Cheung). Wolf stayed and began development on the now famous hotel. Wolf and his wife Christina came to the United States in 1875 and settled in Rawlins where Frederick worked for the railroad (Van Pelt). Nearly twenty years later, the Wolfs completed their hotel. It opened to the public in early 1894 and served passengers on the Union Pacific between Encampment and the Wolcott Junction (Van Pelt). The hotel still hosts guests over 120 years later and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970s. Now a hub for tourists, the Wolf Hotel is an anchor in the Saratoga community and is one of the more recognized buildings in Carbon County and southeast Wyoming.

View of north facade

The Wolf Hotel was built in a Victorian style out of brick. It has a gabled roof with four distinctive gabled dormers on the north facade. A broad front porch extends along the front of the building. Windows on the hotel are primary double-hung and feature segmental brick arches that continue as decorative brick coursing around the exterior walls. The hotel formerly had false half-timbering in its gable ends as well as folk Victorian wood carvings in the gable points.

View of west and south elevations

Cheung, Han. "Wolf Hotel in Saratoga marks 120 years." Casper Star Tribune. January 19, 2014.

Van Pelt, Lori. "Hotel Wolf." WyoHistory.org

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