Sleeping with the Stars

Because, when you stay at the El Rancho, you will be sleeping in a room where a movie star slept. Like the Humphrey Bogard room. Or the Spencer Tracy one. Or may be the May West room – your pick.

And after a generous hotcakes & eggs breakfast, take a walk along the red brick walls, covered with autographs of every movie star that ever stayed here, and a few photographs of the staff of times past smiling at you. You will smile back.

When you leave, driving along the legendary Route 66 you’ll be taking with you a piece of history of the American West. Never in my wildest dreams…

”Joe Massaglia constructed the El Rancho Hotel in 1936 along U.S. Route 66 for Mr. R.E. “Griff” Griffith, brother of the famous movie director D.W. Griffith. El Rancho Hotel is a large, rambling, Rustic style building that still feeds the fantasy of the Old West in Gallup, New Mexico. Griff came to Gallup in the early 1930s and fell in love with the area, returning a few years later to build the hotel. From the very start, El Rancho was the center of the movie industry in Gallup. Both Griff and his brother encouraged moviemakers to use El Rancho as a base for crews and stars on location because of its proximity to striking western landscapes and the hotel’s rustic elegance. When it opened in 1936, the El Rancho boasted superior service and accommodations for roughing it in comfort. Its employees were trained by the famous Fred Harvey Company hotel and restaurant chain.” [source]

El Rancho Hotel, Gallup, NM

April 29th, 2019

Walking in Providence

Following H.P. Lovecraft’s stepsThe majestic Union Trust Company Building, once home to the homonym Providence-based bank, now in the National Register of Historic Places, still a commercial building, but the upper floors have been converted to residences. 

The massive Art Deco ”Superman” Building, aka Industrial National Bank Building standing empty since 2013! 

The ”John Carter House”, in 21 Meeting Street, aka ”Shakespeare’s Head” since colonial times when the building was used as a print shop and post office by John Carter, who had trained with Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. The enterprises were advertised by a sign featuring the head of Shakespeare on a pole outside the building. This is where the city’s first newspaper, The Providence Gazette, was printed until 1793.  

A lovely dedication to the firefighters who lost their lives on duty – 9/11/2001

What Cheer Garage is now a studio for RISD. ”What Cheer” refers to the Narragansett Indians’ greeting to Roger Williams on his landing at Providence (a contraction of “What cheer with you?,” the seventeenth-century equivalent of “How are you?”). Many Rhode Island businesses perpetuate the historic greeting. [source]

The Old Brick School House, 1769 (PPS Office & Meeting Hall)

Climbing Meeting Street

H.P. Lovecraft’s last home – still standing. Originally located at 66 College Street, it was moved to 65 Prospect Street to make space for an expansion of Brown University.

Brown University. Lovecraft walked among it’s buildings most of his life. 

The John Hay Library at Brown University, home to the largest collection of H. P. Lovecraft materials in the world.

Providence, RI

November 24th, 2018

My Sweet Irma

There are six regional airports near Yellowstone National Park which, by the way, is so huge it spans three different States: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Three of these airports are closer to the park and therefore more convenient: Bozeman, MT is best for the North and West Entrances; Jackson Hole, WY is best for the South Entrance; Idaho Falls, ID for the West & South; and Cody, WY best for the East. They all have their advantages and points for interest but, to me, none can be compared to Cody.

Cody, the village founded in 1895 by one of America’s West most legendary figures, William F. Cody, better known to non-natives as Buffalo Bill. Who, in 1902, built this establishment which he called “just the sweetest hotel that ever was” and named it after his youngest daughter, Irma.

Cody, WY

June 4th, 2018