BIG FALLS INN AT MESA FALLS

Big Falls Inn, also known as Upper Mesa Fall Lodge, was not a disappointment; you’ll find it listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. If you’re in the area, take a ride and see the falls, it’s worth it. The grounds and pathway are meticulously cared for; the views are spectacular. The Falls are near Island Park, Idaho.

Since 1986, the lodge has been a Foresty Service Center, but in the past, it was a hotel, a gathering place for social events, a cafe, and a dance hall. The Inn’s other uses consist of a police lodge and a Boy Scout Camp.

The structure was built in 1915 and is standing strong against the elements. The Snake River Electric Light and Power Company erected the building, possibly for an office or a residence for workers.

In 1936 Montana Power Company bought Big Falls Inn to use as a headquarter or retreat destination. A power plant never happened on the mighty falls, and I’m glad.

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