Banff Springs: The Story of a Hotel

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Summerthought Publishing, 2007 - History - 178 pages
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Banff history books cover many subjects, but Banff Springs: The Story of the Hotel is the only book in print that tells the story of the Banff Springs Hotel, one of the world's great mountain resorts.

Some institutions transcend themselves and become symbols of a place and time. Known to millions of visitors to Banff as "the Castle," or simply as "the Hotel," the Banff Springs is more than simply a place to stay, for it is the home of memories and a dream of gracious times in other ages.

This classic book to one of the world's most famous mountain resorts is filled with the rich anecdotes and snippets of history that have enriched Banff and indeed Canada, from the hotel's links to the construction of the transcontinental rail line to the visits of maharajahs and movie stars.

First published in 1973, the 4th edition has been expanded to include recent developments. Although now printed in full colour, it is the timeless images by well-known photographers such as Bruno Engler and Nicholas Morant that bring the hotel's storied history to life.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
William Van Horne Capitalizes the Scenery
5
Vistas and Vendettas
23
Growing Pains
45
Balconies and Towers
57
A Parade of Princes
71
Out of the Fire
79
Of A Brief but Golden Moment
93
A Century of Traditions
129
The Modern Era
141
Mountain Golf
153
Appendix
162
Bibliography
165
Index
168
Photography Credits
174
Chapter Opener Photo Captions
178

Tours and Tribulations
115

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About the author (2007)

Aside from writing Banff Springs: The Story of the Hotel and several other books on the human and natural history of the Canadian Rockies, Bart Robinson has enjoyed a long career as a journalist, editor, and conservationist. He was an editor with Equinox magazine from 1982 to 1994, and the Executive Director of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative from 1996 to 2003. He currently lives in Canmore, Alberta, where he works with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley and The Natural Step Canada. Despite the passage of three decades since Banff Springs first appeared, the hotel remains one of Mr. Robinson’s favourite haunts.

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