The 2014 Bankers and Bikes Is Headed to JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
June 8 - 13, 2014
Jackson Hole, Wyoming has been selected as the trip destination for the 2014 Bankers and Bikes. We will depart St.Joseph, MO on Sunday, June 8th and arrive in Jackson Hole, WY on Tuesday, June 10th. The incredible Wort Hotel has been secured for our accommodations in jackson Hole.
DEPARTURE: SUNDAY, JUNE 8
Leave St. Joseph, MO traveling to North Platte, NE
Dinner hosted by Bankers Bank of the West and Nebraska Land National Bank at Nebraska Land National Bank
Accommodations at LaQuinta, North Platte
DAY 2: MONDAY, JUNE 9
Continue on route toward Casper, WY
Dinner hosted by The Insurance Group
Accommodations at Best Western
DAY 3: TUESDAY, JUNE 10
Depart for Jackson Hole, WY
Accommodations at The Wort Hotel
Welcome Reception hosted by Cardinal Software and CSPI
DAYS 4-6: JUNE 11-13
Riders are free to ride the Grand Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, WY
Farewell Reception on Friday, June 13th hosted by Cardinal Software and CSPI
Jackson Hole's historic Four Diamond Wort Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an elegant boutique hotel rich in history. Just off the Town Square, The Wort Hotel is in the center of restaurants, nightlife & shopping in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The idea for the hotel originated with Charles J. Wort, a homesteader who came to Jackson Hole in 1893.
Homesteading in South Park country, Charles and his wife Luella, gave birth to two sons, John in 1900, and Jess in 1903. In 1915, Charles Wort bought four lots of land in what is now downtown Jackson. The land was used as a horse corral adjacent to a livery stable for seven years.
From 1932 to 1940, The Wort Family owned and operated what is now Signal Mountain Lodge in northern Grand Teton National Park. Selling this venture financed the construction on their family’s dream; a luxury hotel in downtown Jackson.
Original construction costs were about $90,000, and the hotel officially opened in 1941 as a 40 room inn with restaurant and banquet facilities. In 1950, the famous Silver Dollar Bar was added. A German cabinetmaker designed and built the bar, using 2032 uncirculated silver dollars from the Federal Reserve in Denver.
Although gambling has always been illegal in Wyoming, it was tolerated for years in resort areas as a tourist amusement. The hotel hosted gambling from its opening and never really publicly ceased until the late 1950’s due to pressure from a Salt Lake City newspaper exposé. Resisting this pressure, gambling moved underground; in to the lower levels of The Wort. Legend lives on of secret escape tunnels running under the streets of Jackson and fortunes won and lost.
Tragically, on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 5, 1980, a crowd watched in horror as wisps of smoke and flames leaped from The Wort roof. A bird’s nest resting on the old Wort neon sign transformer had sparked one of the worst fires in Jackson history. The fire burned into the night, collapsing the roof and threatening an end to the landmark. But only days after the fire, a sign went up saying, “We will be back”.
And so it was. In June 1981, The Wort Hotel opened again to much fanfare. The celebration was so beloved that it became an annual event – now known as Old West Days taking place every Memorial Day.
In 2004, the Baxter family of Knoxville, TN purchased the hotel. With a passion and a vision, the Baxter’s restored The Wort to exemplify fine western hospitality. The Grill, guest rooms, event space and public spaces were all renovated while staff was transformed to reflect the grandeur and character of this hospitality icon. In doing so, the hotel partnered with hospitality stalwarts Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotel Group. In 2009, The Wort was honored with AAA’s prestigious Four-Diamond Award and named by inspectors one of America’s Top 10 Historic Hotels – reflecting excellence in every angle of the guest experience.