The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument

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The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument

Chateau Caves National Monument

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.

Chateau Caves National Monument

This amazing accomplishment was created by self-taught builder and architect Gust Lium.

Chateau Caves National Monument

It was constructed from 1931 to completion in 1934.  Final costs for the project are recorded as $50,000!

Chateau Caves National Monument

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.

Chateau Caves National Monument

To the gigantic support logs and beams, and the rustic staircases of madrone, oak and fir.

Chateau Caves National Monument

Some of the flooring has been updated, due to past floods caused by the normally tranquil stream that flows through the building.

Chateau Caves National Monument

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! 

Chateau Caves National Monument

The steel fire escapes came about after heavy winter snows ruined the wooden verandas.

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The grounds, which include ponds, trout pools, waterfalls,

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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.

Chateau Caves National Monument

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!

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If you visit their gift shop, you will find many unique, locally made products and other souvenirs.

Chateau Caves National Monument

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.

 Chateau Caves National Monument

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.

Chateau Caves National Monument

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 Chateau Caves National Monument 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.

Introduction      Caveman      Schmidt House

Blind George's Newsstand        Grants Pass Historic Homes Tour

Historic District Tour      Grants Pass Pharmacy      Rogue Theatre

Hugo Community Church      Haines Apple Tree      Ament Dam

Grants Pass Cemeteries      Pottsville      Sportsman Park

Griffin Park      Lake Selmac      Granite Hill Cemetery

Pleasant Valley Cemetery        Josephine County Bridges

Grants Pass Fire Department      Reinhart Volunteer Park      Wolf Creek Inn

Applegate Trail Interpretive Center        Golden Townsite

Grave Creek Covered Bridge        Robertson Bridge

Wilderville Store and Post Office        Wilderville Cemetery

Granite Tombstone Quarry        Merlin Park - Veterans Walk of Honor

Gotcher Cemetery      Provolt Store      Missouri Flat Cemetery

Siskiyou Smokejumper Base        Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside

Rough & Ready Lumber Co.        Pacifica, A Garden In The Siskiyous

Riverside Park      Daily Courier      Daily Courier "Boss" Voorhies

Barnstormers Theatre       Ghosts In Southern Oregon National Monument

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