The Inn opened August 6, 1889. C.E.S. Woods' wife Nannie named it. By the very next year, pictures show famous Western artist Alfred Bierstadt as a guest. 1926 was a crisis year for the Inn, and the well-organized drive for funding of a new Inn and permanent hard-surface road died. After five years of effort beginning in 1926, the construction of a spectacular tramway to the 11,000 ft. summit was approved by the Secretary of Agriculture, but the grandiose tramway died a funding death during the beginning of the Great Depression. WW II pretty much rung the death knell of the Inn as a functioning mountain Inn, and by 1950 the Forest Service was talking of demolishing it. The Hood River Crag Rats climbing club took over responsibility for the Inn in 1954, saving it from Forest Service demolition. In 1974 great tidings arrived when Cloud Cap Inn was placed on Oregon's official registry of Historic Places, along with Vista House at Crown Point in the nearby Columbia River Gorge. The Inn's beautifully weathered logs are amabilis fir logs. The water is piped in from Tilly Jane Creek. The OregonPhotos QuickTime movie below has 16 images of Cloud Cap Inn and its surroundings, plus an accompanying soundtrack. The movie has a very large file size, and will take up to five minutes to load fully, depending upon your computer and its connection speed. Please be Patient. And if the movie won't work for you, you may need to go to the Apple website and upload the most recent version of Quicktime (free).
An interesting final note, in the movie above, the image of the boy high on the mountain shows the Eliot Glacier, which was much larger during the Little Ice Age; in fact, the Eliot reached its maximum ice advance about the time of the American Revolution (mid-1700s).