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Bluebird Inn (Wentworth House)

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Wentworth House
1873, Charles Wentworth. Main St.

This two-story, hewn log miners' boarding house has gabled attic dormers and a shed-roofed front porch held up by log posts and guarded by log railings. Eugene Field stayed at the Wentworth and celebrated it in his Little Book of Western Verse (1889):

… The bar wuz long 'nd rangy, with a mirrer on the shelf,
'Nd a pistol, so that Casey, when required, could help himself;
Down underneath there wuz a row of bottled beer 'nd wine,
'Nd a kag of Burbun whiskey of the run of '59;
Upon the walls wuz pictures of hosses 'nd of girls,—
Not much on dress, perhaps, but strong on curls!

Next door is the rustic one-story Gold Hill Inn (1920s), originally the dining hall for the Bluebird Inn. It is built of round logs with overlapping saddle-notched corners and a massive river rock fireplace and exterior chimney. The quaint interior with its log walls and open-beam ceiling, its memorabilia and its mismatched chairs and tables, makes it a popular and unique restaurant.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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