“My husband and I are history buffs and it was so encouraging to see someone restore this property. It is very impressive.”
A Thriving Hotel Since 1900
The property was later expanded to include the original Cody Circuit Judge Court House, one of the oldest buildings in Cody. Currently displayed in the hotel’s conference room, is a 1910 photograph of Buffalo Bill and the newly elected Park County officers standing on the property outside the court house door.
During the 1920′s and 30′s, the Chamberlin Inn was the place to stay in Cody. Our guest registers display the signatures of numerous actors, authors, politicians, opera singers, movie stars, and tycoons. Names such as Ernest Hemingway, Marshall Fields, Larry Larom, Stanley, and Haliburton have been her guests.
We found Ernest Hemingway’s signature in one of the Chamberlin’s original guest registers. After considerable research by one of our guests, who happened to be a Hemingway scholar, we found that in 1932, while staying at the Chamberlin Hotel, Ernest Hemingway had just completed the manuscript for “Death in the Afternoon”. After a few days of fishing the Clark’s Fork River he mailed the manuscript and several short stories to his publishers. Then he went back to fishing by day and swapping stories with the locals in the Irma Bar at night. We have restored his room to reflect his lifestyle.
Aggie was a pillar of the community. Her hotel dining room hosted the first Cody Club Chamber meeting and she published its history in The Story of The Cody Club 1900 – 1940. In 1926, she organized the first Buffalo Bill Memorial Association meeting in the hotel, where she was elected its first president. She also founded the Cody Women’s Club. An accomplished pianist, she chartered the Cody Music Club. She was instrumental in the building of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches and later donated land for the Cody Airport. Agnes lived to help dedicate KODI radio station just prior to her death in 1947.