J.K. Wells Hotel
The Wells Hotel dining room. The J.K Wells Hotel was built in the winter of 1897 and was the most impressive building in Garnet. Mrs. Wells believed in luxury. A Touch Of Elegance In The Wilderness. She designed Garnet's finest building as if it would be gracing the streets of Helena. Carved moldings, stanied glass, printer wall paper and chandiliers added frills to a solidly constructed, three story hotel. The Garnet community celebrated the hotel's opening with three nights of music and dancing. As you walk in the front door, envision opening wood doors carved with intrique designs that framed stained glass window. The streets were muddy, but Wells Hotel was elegant. The walls were covered by cloth backed wallpaper. Heating a large building required two stoves in the dining room. Upstairs rooms were heated by rising warm air. Access to these rooms was by an oak staircase. Miners who could not afford a private room would rent floor space on the third floor. Lines devided the floor into spaces for the men to lay out their bedrolls under the sky lights.
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