Continuing our visit to The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument for the Josephine County Historical Society's "Passport To History" program.
This magnificent six story beauty was built to span a gorge and mountain stream at the Oregon Caves National Monument.
This amazing accomplishment was created by self-taught builder and architect Gust Lium.
It was constructed from 1931 to completion in 1934. Final costs for the project are recorded as $50,000!
Most every bit of material is native to Oregon. From the cedar bark on the outside to the massive double fireplace of marble carved from a nearby hillside.
To the gigantic support logs and beams, and the rustic staircases of madrone, oak and fir.
Some of the flooring has been updated, due to past floods caused by the normally tranquil stream that flows through the building.
Period "arts and craft" style furnishings abound.
Even the hallways on the third floor guest quarters have the old style "crank telephones" for guests to contact the lobby.
Oh, did I mention it's haunted?
The front desk still gets an occasional call with no one on the other end -- They attribute that to the ghost of "Elizabeth" which we detail in the Ghosts In Southern Oregon National Monument!
The steel fire escapes came about after heavy winter snows ruined the wooden verandas.
The grounds, which include ponds, trout pools, waterfalls,
walkways, stone walls, and parapet walls were all constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The depression era C.C.C. camps were responsible for so much beautiful construction across our nation that could never have been accomplished otherwise.
This place is a marvel in itself, and combine that with the cave tours, mountain hikes and the fine food, you must put this on your itinerary!
If you visit their gift shop, you will find many unique, locally made products and other souvenirs.
Want a one of a kind chair made out of a monstrous madrone burl? Only $3,000, and the Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument will part with it! No, it won't fit in your trunk.
The Coffee Shop hasn't changed much since 1937! Brick and maple counters, and knotty-pine paneling are unchanged. Coke still dominates the walls, although it no longer contains cocaine as the original formula did. The Coffee Shop is a perfect place to stop after touring the Caves. Try one of their huge, old-fashioned banana splits, or a great burger, fries and a Coke.
A visit to our historic chateau allows one to step back in time to view life as our grandparents and great-grandparents experienced when they took a trip to the Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument!
Please visit the Josephine County Historical Society's website for more information on the Passport To History program.
Below are the links to my earlier Josephine County Historical Society's Passport To History blogs.