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Upper Lake in Lake County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Tallman Hotel
 
The Tallman Hotel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2011
1. The Tallman Hotel Marker
 
Inscription. Sometime before 1874, Rufus Tallman and his wife Mary Ellen established the Tallman Hotel on this site. When it burnt down in 1895, they rebuilt. The name was changed to Riffe's Hotel when their daughter Winnyford and their son-in-law Hank Riffe took over in about 1906. After Hank's death in 1937, Winnie ran the hotel as a boarding house. From the late 1940's into the 1950's, it served as an old folks home.

Next door, the original Blue Wing Saloon was also operated by the Tallman's. It closed and was torn down during prohibition in the 1920's under Riffe's management.

The hotel sat empty from the early 1960's until it was purchased by Lynn and Bernie Butcher in 2003. They rebuilt the Saloon and restored the Hotel to its original rustic beauty.
 
Location. 39° 9.899′ N, 122° 54.638′ W. Marker is in Upper Lake, California, in Lake County. Marker is on Main Street north of First Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9550 Main Street, Upper Lake CA 95485, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ice House (a few steps from this marker); The Livery Stable (within shouting distance of this marker); League's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The IOOF Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Diamond Match Lumber Co. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harriet Lee Hammond Library (about 400 feet away); Bloody Island (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bloody Island (Bo-no-po-ti) (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Upper Lake.
 
The Tallman Hotel Marker- wide view Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2011
2. The Tallman Hotel Marker- wide view
The marker(barely visible here) is mounted on a pole just next to the sidewalk bench between the Tallman Hotel and the Blue Wing Saloon. The hotel itself is visible in the background.
 

 
Also see . . .  Tallman Hotel - Circa 1870 and Beyond. "The original Tallman House Hotel was built on the current site in the 1870s by Lake County pioneer Rufus C. Tallman. The hotel was part of a full-service facility consisting of hotel, livery stable and saloon designed to serve passengers traveling to Clear Lake and the nearby hot springs resorts. By the 1880s, Upper Lake had become the terminus of the Cloverdale and Clear Lake stage lines, which brought tourists to popular resorts..." (Submitted on November 2, 2011.) 
 
The Blue Wing Saloon Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2011
3. The Blue Wing Saloon
 
 
The Blue Wing Saloon and the Tallman Hotel - looking north Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2011
4. The Blue Wing Saloon and the Tallman Hotel - looking north
 
 
The Tallman Hotel Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2011
5. The Tallman Hotel
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 350 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 2, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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