Wolf Creek Tavern

Wolf Creek Tavern (HMVRU)

Location: Merlin, OR 97532 Josephine County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 41.705', W 123° 23.781'

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Wolf Creek Inn

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.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2011
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus Umpqua Joe Chapter 1859 in conjuction with Oregon State Parks and Recreaion
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 12:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 467534 N 4727031
Decimal Degrees42.69508333, -123.39635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 41.705', W 123° 23.781'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 41' 42.30" N, 123° 23' 46.86" W
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Area Code(s)541
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Front St, Merlin OR 97532, US
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