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Wolf Creek in Josephine County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Wolf Creek Tavern

Wolf Creek Inn

 
 
Wolf Creek Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, June 11, 2001
1. Wolf Creek Tavern Marker
Marker is on the front of the building.
Inscription. Wolf Creek Tavern was built c. 1883 by Henry Smith, a highly successful and influential local entrepreneur. The establishment of the hotel, mercantile and post office occurred at the time the Oregon and California Railroad was being completed in Wolf Creek. It is thought to be the oldest continuously operating hotel in the Pacific Northwest. The building is a superb example of Classical Revival architecture style of early inns of the American West.

When the Pacific Highway reached Wolf Creek in 1922, traffic increased as did the number of clientele stopping at the Tavern. In 1925, hotel owner-manager John Dougall added a guest wing, kitchen, and simi-circular drive and gateway signs. His creative marketing included claims that famous guests such as President Rutherford B. Hayes, Jack London, and Sinclair Lewis stayed at the Tavern -- claims that endure as local legend.

Wolf Creek Tavern was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, conveyed to the State of Oregon in 1975, carefully restored by local craftspeople and re-opened in 1979 by Oregon State Parks.
 
Erected 2011 by E Clampus Vitus Umpqua Joe Chapter 1859 in conjuction with Oregon State Parks and Recreaion.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the
Wolf Creek Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, June 11, 2011
2. Wolf Creek Tavern
The marker is partially obscured by the left support post seen next to the steps.
E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 42° 41.705′ N, 123° 23.781′ W. Marker is in Wolf Creek, Oregon, in Josephine County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Lower Wolf Creek Road, on the right when traveling south on Front Street. Click for map. Off I-5, 20 miles north of Grants Pass (Exit 76). Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Front Street, Wolf Creek OR 97497, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Applegate Trail (approx. 4.2 miles away); Grave Creek Ranch (approx. 4.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the front of the Wolf Creek Tavern to the left of the main entrance to the building.
 
Also see . . .  History of The Wolf Creek Inn. he Wolf Creek Inn, first called the Wolf Creek Tavern, is the oldest continuous use hotel in the state of Oregon. Built in 1883 by pioneer merchant Henry Smith, the Inn was billed as a "first-class traveler's hotel" for folks traveling on the stagecoach. (Submitted on September 14, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Wolf Creek Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1934
3. Wolf Creek Tavern
Historic American Buildings Survey 1934
HABS ORE,17-WOLF,1- Library of Congress
Wolf Creek Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1934
4. Wolf Creek Tavern
Historic American Buildings Survey, 1934.
HABS ORE,17-WOLF,1- Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 774 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   3, 4. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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