time I recollect passing through Beaver Dam was during July 1947, when
our family was moving from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Brigham City,
Utah; however, I have no recollection of the Lodge and/or the small
store as I was 9 years old at the time, and not paying much
number of occasions during the mid-1960s while driving between St.
George and Las Vegas via Hwy 91, I stopped at the small store
[just north of the Lodge on same side of Hwy 91, just off the highway
next to a really large old tree], and chatted with the then really
elderly man – store owner/operator. As I recall, he had lived in Beaver
Dam for many, many years --- and personally knew the history of
the Lodge --- which by the time I was stopping to chat --- Lodge had
been abandoned for some years and was basically in shambles;
also having sustained lot of damage due to extensive theft
and/or destruction by vandals. Over the years,
after the small store was gone --- I stopped a number of times
at the abandoned and in shambles Lodge, with filled-in
rectangular swimming pool just outside/behind the Lodge
check-in/dining room area. Walking through the Lodge, I enjoyed
imagining what the Lodge was like in its hey-day.
addition to the two-story wing of rooms; in what had been the
check-in/dining room area --- stood an old combination,
on wheels safe. Unfortunately I never took photos of
safe or Lodge.
occasion during the late-1960s while walking through the Lodge, I
a 16” x 11 1/2” sign which was laying on floor next to the
swinging doors into the Kitchen and covered with heavy layer of dust ---
“Kitchen EMPLOYEES ONLY” I still have the sign
– in the same condition as when sign was rescued.
1970-1972 the Lodge was still in shambles
as I recall stopping a couple of times and walking through the Lodge
with my wife whom I married in Sydney, Australia during April 1970.
been sometime during fall of 1998 when I stopped at the Lodge and
chatted briefly with the Manager of the Pro Golf Shop located in what
was originally the check-in dining room area. I inquired about the
old combination rolling safe.
The Manager said the safe was out in the kitchen area. I asked
if he would show me the safe, however, for whatever reason – he
declined my request.
could provide detailed information about Beaver Dam history.
My current focus is on locating the history of the Beaver
Dam Lodge [i.e. when constructed; what it was like in its
hey-day; when/why abandoned; when rebuilt].
for the brief online
Beaver Dam description and two early pictures. Looking forward
to hearing from you.
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