Little America

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Grand AmericanGrand American (06/25/2009) The Grand American Tower in downtown Salt Lake City.

Little and Grand America HotelsLittle and Grand America Hotels (07/12/2008) The Little America and Grand America towers in Salt Lake City viewed from 400 South West Temple.

Little AmericaLittle America (05/26/2007) The Little America Resort on I80 in Central Wyoming.

Little America Hotel - WyomingLittle America Hotel - Wyoming (05/26/2007) The Little America Hotel West of Green River has 140 rooms.

Penguins on the TowerPenguins on the Tower (05/26/2007) Penguins adorn the roofs of Little America, Wyoming.

Straight StretchStraight Stretch (05/26/2007) A straight stretch of I80 in central Wyoming.

Grand AmericanGrand American (06/25/2009) Trax zooms past the Grand American Hotel on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City.

Trax at the Grand AmericanTrax at the Grand American (06/25/2009) Trax at the Grand American hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Main Street Salt Lake CityMain Street Salt Lake City (06/25/2009) A view (from about 600 South) along Main Street into Salt Lake City

Grand American on MainGrand American on Main (06/25/2009) This is the cross walk between the Little American Hotel and the Grand American.

Main Street Salt Lake CityMain Street Salt Lake City (06/25/2009) A view from the Grand American Hotel Looking down main street into Salt Lake City.

Little America TowerLittle America Tower (06/25/2009) The Little America Hotel has a tall tower surrounded by rooms in a lower level hotel

Trax Past Little AmericaTrax Past Little America (06/25/2009) Trax trains pass eachother near the Courthouse Stop on Main Street.

Grand AmericanGrand American (06/25/2009) The flower patch stands against the Grand American Tower on State Street. Sadly, Grand American simply faces State will a long uninterupted wall.

The State RoomThe State Room (06/25/2009) This section of State Street includes The State Room Music club, and Miller Auto Center framed by the Grand American Tower.

CourtyardCourtyard (08/01/2013) An art patron views deer statues in the courtyard at the Grand American

CourtyardCourtyard (08/01/2013) The Courtyard at the Grand American in Salt Lake.

Grand America CourtyardGrand America Courtyard (08/01/2013) A fountain sits at the center of the Courtyard of the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake.

Grand America TowerGrand America Tower (08/01/2013) The Grand American Town viewed from the South.

Infinity Event CenterInfinity Event Center (08/01/2013) The Infinity Event Center is south of the Grand America Town in downtown Salt Lake City.

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Little America

The Little America is a hotel and place of interest 9 miles West of Green River on Interstate 80 in Western Wyoming.

The founding myth of Little America is that the original owner of Little America was caught in a Wyoming blizzard outside Green River. During the blizzard, he decided to build a guesthouse on the site so others wouldn't suffer his fate.

The founder named the hotel Little America after the exploration base built by Richard Byrd on the Ross Ice Sheet off Antartica. Little America chose the penguin as a symbol of standing against the elements.

This firt stop had 12 guest rooms, 2 gas pumps, and a 24 seat café.

By October 1952, the Little America hotel and restaurant was struggling. It was purchased by a young entrepreneur named Earl Holding. Mr. Holding worked tirelessly to make Little America a stop for transcontintental travelers. The hotel expanded to Cheyenne in 1965.

In 1967, Earl Holding purchased and reopened an oil refinery in Casper to provide fuel for his truck stops. In 1976, Mr. Holding purchased the Sinclair Oil assets from ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Corporation).

Anyway, while there are many stories of massive oil giants buying gas stations, Little America's story is one of truck stop buying a large oil firm.

As for the original Little America (Byrd's exploration base in Antartica area), It floated away in 1987 when iceberg B9 calved away.

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Interstate 80 (98 pictures) This gallery shows pictures of sites along I80

Green River, Wyoming (59 pictures) Little America Wyoming is near Green River.

Salt Lake City (428 pictures) The Holdings offer a complex with the Five Star Grand American and Little America hotel in the heart of Salt Lake City.

Main Street - Salt Lake City (129 pictures) Little America is located on Main Street in Salt Lake City at about 600 South.

State Street-Salt Lake City (246 pictures) This gallery shows pictures of State Street in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City - Southside (41 pictures) This gallery shows pictures of Salt Lake to the South of Grand America.

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