Big Piney Hotel and Bar


                                                                                                  (Photo courtesy of Helen Atwood)

This picture of the Big Piney Hotel and Bar, with the  Town Hall to the left taken in 1917, shows the Big Piney soldiers heading off for World War I.

 Franklin Daniel Chapel and his wife Elizabeth purchased the Bucket of Blood and the hotel from Floyd Norris in 1912.  They then built a new two story hotel and bar which is pictured above.  According to the Sept. 18, 1913 Kemmerer Gazette, A.F Atwood finished the concrete and cellar work and accepted the contract for the erection of the building hoping it would be finished by November.  The hotel dining room opened March 17, 1914.  They were famous for their mountain trout breakfasts. The fish were caught by Mr. Chapel.  
An article in The Big Piney Examiner, June 15, 1915, states that the hotel was leased to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Smith and Mrs. Lena Gray for one year, because "...Mr. Chapel has been desirious of relieving his wife of the arduous duties connected with the hotel, and he has taken up his residence in one of his houses..."
                                                                                                                    (Photo courtesy of Helen Atwood)
Charlie Howerton had his barber shop fenced off in a corner of the saloon for a long time.  They used to get Yellowstone whiskey in barrels.  When prohibition came along Frank sold the bar to Billy Sherman, George and Marie Farrell and Charlie Lancaster, and started ranching.  The hotel, bar and six other buildings burned down August 28, 1948.   Ross Meeks went in the burning hotel and rescued several people who were asleep upstairs.  Marie Farrell sold liquor at her drug store until another bar was built.
More Pictures
Biography of Frank and Elizabeth


Sources: Dan Chapel 
Helen Atwood 
Anna Lee Woffinden 
"Kemmerer Camera," April 18, 1918 
They Made Wyoming Their Own,  p. 122 
The Big Piney Examiner, June 15, 1915 
Big Piney Examiner, Feb. 9, 1922 
The Kemmerer Gazette, Sept. 18, 1913