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The inn was built around 1883 for Henry Smith, a local merchant-entrepreneur. Wolf Creek Tavern, as it was known then, was exceptionally well crafted by local sawyers. It served local traffic to mines and stage travelers connecting between Roseburg and Redding prior to the completion of the Oregon and California railroad through the Siskiyou Mountains in 1887.
Wolf Creek Inn is the oldest continuously operated hotel in the Pacific Northwest. It is here that Jack London completed his novel Valley Of The Moon. As an important stop on the 16 day stagecoach journey from San Francisco to Portland, the Wolf Creek Tavern has housed practically every important person found in the Northwest during the early history of Oregon.
Back in the early days of movies, the Inn became a refuge for beleaguered actors seeking an escape from demanding Hollywood studios. Clark Gable was a good friend of the innkeeper in the 1930s and stopped by several times while fishing the Rogue River just a few miles west of the Inn. Other visitors that have signed the guest register include Carole Lombard and Orson Wells.
Between 1975 and 1979, the Inn was acquired by the State of Oregon and restored. Wolf Creek Tavern is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is among the best preserved and oldest active travelers inns in Oregon.
Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site FAQ
Continental breakfast available to all overnight guests. The Inn restaurant opens for breakfast to the public June 1, 2018. Opens for lunch and dinner on April. 1, 2018. Visit https://www.wolfcreekinn.com/ for more information
The Inn restaurant opens to the public for lunch and dinner April 1, 2018 and June 1 for breakfast. See the restaurant menu at https://www.wolfcreekinn.com/
Yes, each room has its own private bathroom with a shower/tub, toilet and sink. The private bathroom is inside the room. The Inn also provides a common restroom with a toilet and sink, downstairs in the guest wing.
The Inn does not allow pets due to the preservation of the historic property.