Michael Earles, a timber baron, opened the first Sol Duc Hot Springs hotel on May 15, 1912. However the glory of the resort was short-lived and due to a fire resulting from sparks from a defective chimney the hotel along with all the other structures was destroyed in 1916.
In 1966, National Park Service purchased Sol Duc Hot Springs and started construction which was completed in the 1980s.
“Sol Duc Hot Springs has been the northwest’s premier natural hot spring destination for the past century,” says Amanda Lovelady, district manager for ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, Olympic Peninsula. “The resort is deeply tied to the history of this area, and we hope to share that story with locals and our visitors.”
This year marks the 100th anniversary for Sol Duc Hot Springs and together with the Clallam County Historic Society and National Park Service have commemorated the milestone with promotions and a special event during the month of May.
Photo Credit: Clallam County Historical Society