The History of Copperline Lodge


The 6 city blocks where the CopperLine Lodge was originally built was deeded to its original owner in 1946. The 30’x30’ Lodge proper was put together, log by log, in 1954 with a floor kitchen and guest room that took up half of the ground floor, a meeting room that occupied the other half, and four evenly divided upstairs guest rooms that shared two bathrooms. Proof of the time frame is written on the second course of logs on the east wall in Gathering Room where it says in legible pencil, “Dorothy Wyers peeled this log August 1954.” (See photo)

Originally called “The Sportman’s Lodge,” the Wyers family operated it as a small hotel until they sold it to George Storer, founder of the Old Baldy Golf Club in 1963. Before that sale in 1960, the Wyers built the east wing with four more guest rooms and the west wing with three. After the sale to Old Baldy, ground crew workers and cooks who worked at the Club stayed in the Lodge until 2015—53 years—when the present owner, Dan Pont, a long time Marriage & Family Therapist with an interest in restoring old residences, purchased the property and began returning the Lodge to its original purpose.

Thanks to the Wyers and their vision when they built the facility, the Lodge was a perfect restoration project. Starting with a concrete block foundation, the stacked timber exterior walls are still in excellent condition. With a new copper roof (true to the theme), cedar siding and knotty pine tongue and groove floors throughout, plus moving a few walls and beams, the CopperLine Lodge is serving guests. They enjoy privacy, comfort, all the conveniences like hot showers, quiet rooms, TV and internet, and of course the nostalgic, rustic beauty of natural log and timber surroundings—like your grandma’s homey cabin.


Ferris-Haggerty Mine


Edison’s light bulb began commercial production in 1880, and the need for copper exploded over the next 20 years. Telegraph and telephone transmission lines also converted from steel to copper wire and contributed to the need for copper. So Ed Haggerty and George Ferris teamed up with investors and began exploiting a rich deposit of copper ore in the Sierra Madre Range in southern Carbon County, about 20 miles south of the CopperLine Lodge starting in 1897.

The roads were crude and often impassible with mud and snow in colder months, and even summer rains often made the mine site inaccessible. So they built 16 miles of towers and put the ore in baskets suspended on cable between the towers to move it to the smelter in Encampment. Think “ski lift.” Ore transit also included 4 miles of pipeline from the mine site to first tower where the baskets were loaded, and one stretch of the tram-line (the Copper Line) that crested the Continental Divide.

That engineering feat is commemorated by the CopperLine Lodge. Our sign out front is hanging from a scaled down replica of the towers from which the original copper line was suspended.


Meet the Owners


Dan and Nancy Pont, proprietors, are long time residents of Carbon County (and a few other interspersed places). Dan was a mental health therapist for many years, wrote Sage Advice for the Daily Times, and also started several businesses in Rawlins and Saratoga. Nancy is a long time paralegal with a nursing background and specializes in medical malpractice cases.


Reviews

Rick Forge
Rick Forge
14:40 18 Oct 19
Great place and a great stay! I was there for a hunt. I am an outdoor writer and my lodging takes me to me to many places. This was perfect. The staff, Dan- owner, was very accommodating and there is no better breakfast you could find anywhere and I mean anywhere. Even though we were often up and out at 4am Dan saw to it that we got something to eat....thanks for the breakfast burritos and snacks!I’ll be back for sure. I went to Saratoga to write a story on hunting and i just might write a second one on the CopperLine Lodge!
Jim Knudtson
Jim Knudtson
02:39 18 Sep 19
We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay at the CopperLine Lodge. Dan and his helpers made you feel right at home. The morning breakfast was scrumptious. Will definitely stay again when were in that neck of the woods :)
Lorene Heston
Lorene Heston
22:54 16 Sep 19
A refreshing stay. Deer with fawn in front doing their morning nibble. The rustic ambiance fits the local and the view of N Platte River valley is beautifully unique. Best thing is Nancy and Dan and their laid back hospitality. Not to mention the breakfast. Quiches, scrambles with fresh veggies, sausage, bacon, waffles and much more. Sounds like standard fare, but is more in the hands of Nancy and Dan. Her father was a chef and her Mom was a baker, and that shows. Really liked this place..
anesis estara phoenix
anesis estara phoenix
18:40 05 Sep 19
Rolled in here after 10pm with no cell data and no booking, but to walk into the cutest west style ranch log house and instructions to call the owner. On the phone he guided us to check ourselves in! Amazing sleep on a great mattress and extremely clean room. Upon waking we found a multiple course home cooked breakfast buffet with 15 or so other guests.. a lovely meal around a long family style table.Could not recommend this place more! Such a unique experience on a long road trip west 😊
Jeanne Jesernik
Jeanne Jesernik
07:32 18 Aug 19
After sharing our hiking plans with someone at a gas station, he serendipitously told us about the cool town of Saratoga, Wyoming. Additional good luck came by way of finding CopperLine Lodge online and seeing photos that reminded us of the rustic comforts of home (versus an antiseptic experience of a chain hotel). The proprietor, Dan, and his tribe, made our stay happy and memorable. We can't wait to return! Homemade breakfast and conversation with our host and with other guests made this stay worthwhile. We also appreciated the experience of a cozy, private cabin-like room. I especially enjoyed the solitary peacefulness of sitting outside at night. Traveling far from home by motorbike and tent camping is thrilling AND exhausting. CopperLine Lodge peeps are like trail angels who provide kindness and generosity in ways that restore the human spirit.
BTJL Mnight
BTJL Mnight
02:47 14 Aug 19
Best bargain in Saratoga. Best breakfast in Wyoming. Wonderful hosts. Very relaxing. Rustic setting and THE place to stay if you’re fishing the Platte. First time staying here. Won’t be the last!
Nicole O'Reilly
Nicole O'Reilly
14:51 13 Aug 19
We pitched a tent at the CopperLine Lodge during a stopover on our way to Yellowstone. It was inexpensive and the breakfast was really the highpoint - homemade, with great variety! I would stay here just for the breakfast! Also, the owner/operator, Dan, was fantastic. He had a great sense of humor, and was very accommodating. We will certainly come back!
Ashley Rigge
Ashley Rigge
19:02 26 Jul 19
Lovely stay and very generous hospitality! 5 star homemade breakfast and great conversation! Thanks for everything, Dan!
Jim Podolak
Jim Podolak
01:13 11 Jul 19
Boy that was fun. As we pulled in we were greeted from the porch by Dan. We strolled into the lobby great room which made us feel welcome. The lodge takes us back to our youths when each place we stayed had its own character. We knew we were in Wyoming. Our room was cozy, funky and fit our sensibilities. If I was to refurbish an old facility this is what it would turn out to be. Breakfast was a feast and our fellow guests sat with us at one large table. We all had some place in common! This is our go to place.
John Nunez
John Nunez
00:58 04 Jun 19
It's a very very happy nice place you must see it to believe it I give this place the highest score possible
Bret Mason
Bret Mason
14:01 09 May 19
Wonderful quaint lodge with rustic charm. Dan and his right hand helper Sydney were wonderful host that made us feel very comfortable. We came as guest but left as friends and plan on visiting again. Saratoga is a great little town with outdoor opportunities all around.
Erica Chabot
Erica Chabot
16:43 21 Apr 19
Lovely little lodge! Great breakfast cooked every morning by Dan! Very quiet location. Will definitely recommend to friends, and will be back!
Courtney Feemster
Courtney Feemster
21:41 18 Mar 19
We had an amazing stay here. Very relaxed environment, friendly people + service and super cozy rooms. Not to mention a home cooked breakfast in the morning! We are definitely looking forward to returning.
Lindsey Wallace
Lindsey Wallace
18:27 16 Mar 19
Dan the owner was a wonderful host. He responded quickly, was flexible, and his lodge was clean and cozy. When the weather was bad and the roads were closed and we weren't able to make it for our reservations, he allowed us to change them free of charge. He is very friendly and I would definitely recommend it and come again.
Leah Berg
Leah Berg
00:46 11 Mar 19
What a beautiful place with wonderful people. Rooms were clean, comfortable, spacious and quiet. A very close drive to the hot springs . And the breakfast... Wow! Delicious home cookin. Can't remember the last time I had such a nice experience somewhere . Will definately stay again.Thanks copperline :)
Brittanie Benavidez
Brittanie Benavidez
03:18 13 Jan 19
Can’t say enough wonderful things about CopperLine Lodge. I had planned a trip with my father for a late season mule deer hunt and this place absolutely delivered. Dan was wonderful and Sydney was great help with wonderful breakfast meals and plenty of coffee. Waking up morning after morning before the sunrise all that coffee hit the spot. Can’t wait to make it back this season. I know my father enjoyed his time there and is planning a weekend getaway with his wife to show her around Saratoga.
Tammy Fey
Tammy Fey
23:01 01 Jan 19
We enjoyed our stay at Copperline Lodge. There were 15 of us in the main lodge. It was perfect for our big group. Dan was so accommodating and made us feel right at home! We will be back!
Alex Boyer
Alex Boyer
21:23 30 Oct 18
This isn't the Ritz but for a rustic getaway it was perfect. I Loved how dog friendly it was and the owner, Dan, was very nice. It's conveniently located, within walking distance of the restaurants and shops and it's just a short drive or 20 minute walk to Hobo Hot Springs. I'd definitely stay here again.
Ian Ehlert
Ian Ehlert
13:06 13 Oct 18
My wife and I love staying at the CopperLine Lodge. It's such a cozy spot in Saratoga. Dan is a joy to talk to, and he makes an amazing breakfast every morning. The rooms are always clean and even have a kitchen. The place even has great wifi for a such a small town. We can't wait to go back!
Patrice Ehlert
Patrice Ehlert
01:08 13 Oct 18
My husband and I love coming to the Copperline. Dan is a wonderfully pleasant person to chat with, and his pride in his business shows. The rooms are cozy and cabin-like, and a hearty breakfast makes waking up in the morning a pleasure. We'll be back!
Jeffrey Gilbert
Jeffrey Gilbert
22:11 14 Sep 18
Great place to stay in Saratoga. Homemade breakfast with real food makes this the best deal in town. I am not normally a fan of B&B type places but the entire experience was excellent. And they actually mean "pet friendly" when they advertise it. Will visit again.
George Philip VI
George Philip VI
01:39 31 Aug 18
Comfortable, Clean. Dan was great to deal with. In a quiet part of town with a nice view. Dog pen was very convenient.
John Liggett
John Liggett
04:02 15 Aug 18
Great place. Rates are good and management is amazing to deal with. It is a lodge and not a normal hotel but that is eat makes it awesome.
Grace Gunter
Grace Gunter
21:58 07 Aug 18
I loved staying here! The Lodge had an inviting atmosphere, full of stories. The owner, Dan, cooked an amazing breakfast every morning and was so helpful on what to do around Saratoga. 100% Recommend.
Ava Shije
Ava Shije
21:34 07 Aug 18
This was a wonderful place for my family to stay for 2 nights. The owner, Dan, is very kind, and made us breakfast in the mornings. The location was close to the hot springs and restaurants in Saratoga, and Dan recommended his favorite spots. What a cozy place to stay!
Sydney Cohan
Sydney Cohan
18:33 26 Jul 18
This place is a slice of heaven for me. The owner Dan goes out of his way to make you feel right at home. I highly recommend if you need an restful escape from life and all the noise it brings.
Rose Rabat
Rose Rabat
23:10 20 Jul 18
My experience was very nice. The inn-keeper/ owner is extremely friendly and helpful. He even made a dinner reservation for us. There was a bit of a mishap with our reservation at first but he got it resolved quickly and ended up getting us a cheaper room. It's also very conveniently located, only about a mile or so a way from the hot springs. Definitely recommend it!
Nickolas viau
Nickolas viau
05:56 02 May 18
Excellent rustic style accommodations! Very quiet and quaint. Comfortable and clean. Right on the creek, nice bird sounds. The owner Dan was very friendly and accommodating! Had a great time in beautiful Saratoga! Will definitely come back.
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