The Historic Madison Hotel, located in West Yellowstone, Montana, reflects the rich history of early tourism to Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1912, the Madison Hotel began as a two-story rectangular building of simple log construction with saddle-notched corner timbering and a prominent front dormer with a Grand Wooden Stair case.
The original six upstairs rooms were warmed by a cut-stone fireplace in the downstairs lobby. Each room had a pitcher, a wash basin and a chamber pot. Water came from a well across the street. The hotel expanded in 1921 adding fourteen rooms, a bar and a dance floor.
There was no running water until the 1930s. Today, the Madison Hotel has most of the amenities you would expect to find in a Historic Hotel. Log support columns and beams, wood floors, light fixtures, the stone fireplace, and many of the room furnishings remain original. Although not the first hotel in West Yellowstone, the Madison is the only hotel that remains from the early days of tourism in Yellowstone National Park.