“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Stehekin in Chelan County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)

Historic Resort

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Photographed By Gary and Elizabeth's Adventures
1. Historic Resort Marker
Inscription.  In the 1880's and 90's miners ventured up-lake searching for gold, silver, copper, and other metals. Wealth eluded them, but the scenic beauty of Lake Chelan and the Stehekin Valley made a fasting impression on all who passed through.

By 1900 tourists were coming to Stehekin by steamboat to appreciate the solitude and alpine grandeur of these mountains. A hotel operator advertised it as the “health and pleasure seeker's Mecca.”

Behind you stands the retired “Golden West Lodge,” now a National Park Service information center. From 1927 until 1971, the twenty-room Golden West was Stehekin's largest resort hotel.

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• 312-foot high Rainbow Falls has always been a popular scenic attraction in the valley.
• The sternwheeler Stehekin (1895-1904) was one of several steamers that brought tourists and freight from Chelan. Its elegantly furnished interior included a galley, gentlemen's smoking room, and ladies cabin complete with grand piano. Round-trip fare was about $4.00.
• Stehekin's distinctive Field Hotel was torn down in 1927 when completion of a dam in Chelan raised
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Courtesy of Thomas P. Martin, September 12, 2016
2. Historic Resort Marker
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the lake level. The hotel stood about a mile in front of you on a site now underwater. Parts of the razed structure, including windows, daces, and a staircase, were used in building the Golden West Lodge behind you.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 48° 18.507′ N, 120° 39.416′ W. Marker is in Stehekin, Washington, in Chelan County. Marker is on Golden West Drive south of Stehekin Valley Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the Golden West Visitor Center in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stehekin WA 98852, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Also see . . .  Golden West Lodge Historic District (PDF). National Register of Historic Places nomination for the district, which includes the 1920s lodge and several nearby cabins built in the 1940s. (National Park Service) (Submitted on April 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
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3. The Golden West Lodge
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Mar. 29, 2023