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

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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