ROCKY POINT, Ore. (AP) - A Southern Oregon property owned for a few years by one of the richest men in the country has been restored and reopened as a resort and marina.
Financier and railroad magnate E.H. Harriman bought the property in 1906 and turned it into his private summer residence, the Klamath Falls Herald and News reported (https://bit.ly/1xL1fDV).
During Harriman’s tenure, the list of guests included Theodore Roosevelt, financier J.P. Morgan and naturalist John Muir.
Harriman and his family vacationed there in 1907 and 1908, but it was sold after his death in 1909 at age 62.
At the time Harriman controlled a number of train and shipping companies, including the Union Pacific and the Southern Pacific. He was the father of a governor of New York, Averell Harriman.
The place at the headwaters of Harriman Creek had a reputation in the 1930s as “the millionaires lodge,” and operated as a resort and marina until 1999, when it closed and fell into disrepair.
The current owner of Harriman Springs Resort & Marina is John Pratt, whose parents owned the nearby Rocky Point Resort when he was growing up. He left Oregon as a young man to be a pipeline contractor in Southern California for 22 years, returning to fish nearby Upper Klamath Lake.
“Every day I was gone, I wanted to be here,” he said.
Pratt has had an ownership interest for more than 20 years, originally with a series of partners. He said he’s spent three years restoring it.
The business reopened last month. It also has RV and tent sites, along with three remodeled cabins. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. Plans call for supper when a liquor license comes through. The marina and a store are planned for the spring.
Pratt says say guests are expected from throughout the Pacific Northwest and West Coast, but the focus will be on Klamath Basin visitors.
“I don’t want it to be uppity,” he said. “I don’t want to make it too high class. As long as it’s good food and affordable.”
Information from: Herald and News, https://www.heraldandnews.com
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