SODA SPRINGS — On 315 E. Hooper Ave. sits the Old Rock House. It’s aptly named, sculpted from stones quarried from the Soda Springs mine back in 1896, and with it an air of peace curls around its aged foundation.
It’s also an inn that has landed a spot on the National Register of Historical Places, and anyone from honeymooners to nature lovers to historical enthusiasts can book a stay for up to a month within its cozy walls.
“We were glad we acquired it,” said Brent Madson, who is a co-caretaker and co-owner of the Old Rock House with his wife, Flossie. “This was right up our alley. We both love being outdoors, and it’s just such a peaceful experience.”
Brent and Flossie purchased the inn from its five-year owner in July 2018, and it was just as much of the historical aspect of the building as it was the scenic peace around it that snagged their attention.
For more than 60 years, it was home to a woman and her nine children until it fell into disrepair in the 1970s. Then came the mid-2000s when it was bought by Anna Beauregard, who fixed it up, modernized certain portions and preserved period-accurate aspects of the inn.
“There are some really old antiques inside,” Brent Madson said. “There’s something called a hoosier, which is a cabinet that stores things like flour and sugar, and a table is attached to it. And there’s a photo of the lady with her nine kids hanging on the wall, too.”
Composed of three rooms — including a living room, bedroom and bathroom with a claw foot tub — the inn does have up-to-date amenities such as a microwave, fridge, television and Wi-Fi. But, overall, Madson says being in the Old Rock House gives people the experience of traveling back in time.
There are also hidden treasures in the backyard, which are additions that Beauregard included to the house such as small artistic knickknacks made from metal items to further add to intrigue of the house.
Year by year, the area of Soda Springs has been drawing in more tourists because it sits between Salt Lake City and Pocatello, Madson said. Noted as a stop on the Oregon Trail and for its geyser, Soda Springs has a certain Wild West atmosphere that thrived in earlier days.
“It’s become popular for people out of town who want that peaceful experience,” Madson said. “There was even a professor from Nebraska who saw it online and came for a stay last week.”
The inn has even had international guests visit, which is something Brent and Flossie would like to see more of.
“I would like it to stay busy and allow people to stay in a house that was built over 120 years ago,” Brent Madson said. “It’s great for couples’ weddings, honeymoon suites. We’d like more people to come and have a look.”
Bookings can be reserved at the Old Rock House by visiting its Airbnb listing at
bit.ly/2WIpLX2 or by calling 208-540-4028.