(Jackson, Wyo.) - According to Nancy Takeda, the longest employee at The Wort Hotel, "Meet me at The Wort" has always been a catch phrase, mostly because it has always been true. Yesterday, we covered the 6 incredible untold tales of The Wort
but felt there was one story that should stand on its own.
On August 5, 1980, a fire broke out at The Wort Hotel. While the damage was
mostly done to the roof, the outside looked bad. The day after the fire,
Takeda headed to the hotel to meet the insurance company.
"I came around the corner and heard this shriek and there was this woman
just shrieking and sobbing," said Takeda.
She thought, "oh no, does she think that she had someone staying here?"
"I went over to her and said, 'are you alright?' And she said that she just
flew in from South America. She said, 'my husband is coming from Alaska and
we are supposed to meet at the Wort,'” said Takeda.
Takeda told her to sit tight and reassured her that things would be OK.
"Later, I am talking to some other folks and I hear from the other side of
the street 'Oh my god' and I turn around and here is this man. So I walked
down to him and I said 'are you OK?' He said, 'I just landed from
Alaska...' so I said 'come with me.' He gave me a weird look, but followed
anyway," said Takeda.
The couple, who thought they had missed their meeting were reunited.
"It is part of who we are. Not only are we the center of the community, but
the slogan 'Meet me at the Wort' has a much deeper meaning to some people,
like in the case of these folks," she said. "That is an important part of
the history of the hotel and it's value to the valley."
Now, to celebrate 75 years, The Wort Hotel is having a 75th Anniversary
Kick-Off Party today. There will be a kick-off toast at 11:30 a.m. with
Governor Matt Mead. Also, an Anniversary Ale Launch Party will be tonight
from 5 - 9 p.m. with Snake River Brewing and live music by Major Zephyr.
So, 'Meet me at the Wort' tonight?
*Feature Photo: h/t Acroterion, via Wikimedia Commons / Pitchengine