A Quick Note on Camps and Cabins

In Dust Everywhere, I wrote how author Alison Edwards and his wife worried about potential bathing issues, but discovered that they had no trouble in finding camps with shower baths.  In Laundry on the Road, I told you how Dotty, Edie, and Ev did their laundry in a cabin they stayed at camp in Three Forks, Montana and used all of the hot water in the process.

This was not the only time that Dotty mentioned camps and camping over the course of the three-month road trip.  Dorothy makes note of the cabins that they stayed in which had hot showers or baths, and described many of the camps they stayed in as “fine”.  The newspaper article written about the three girls after they returned home from their trip includes the following quote:

The auto camps out west are much more up-to-date than in the east.  They have facilities for laundry.  Many have hot and cold showers.  Be sure to tell about the showers or many people will think we bathed only in the widely separated lakes and oceans.[1]

This sentiment was an echo from one of Dotty’s early postcards, this one from Iowa, in which she writes, “as we get further west we find more fine camps + many more cabins, very nice ones: we could stay every nite in a cabin, if we wanted.”[2]

In Tacoma, Washington, Dotty again elaborated on cabins, describing the one the three were staying in on September 27th, “Our cabin is so cozy, with one room + a tiny kitchen, a gas plate + a gas “fireplace”. There is a shelter for the car, too – we all had a hot shower + washed our clothes – and all for $1.25! Wish we had camps like this in the east.”[3]

So why were the camps nicer in the west?  More on that in the next post.


[1] Soltesz, 26

[2] Dorothy Guyott. Postcard from Larchmont, Iowa. September 10, 1929.

[3] Dorothy Guyott. Letter from Tacoma, Washington. September 26-27, 1929.

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