The Iron Horse Inn is rebuilding!
The original Milwaukee Bunkhouse, and then Iron Horse Inn, suffered a catastrophic fire on November 4, 2018. We are so thankful that no one was hurt after so many firefighters risked their lives trying to save the historic building.
Now we are rebuilding the Inn, symbolically using the original building's footprint. The new Inn will maintain a historical relationship to the old building, with furnishings and media representing the buildings historic past, as well as the men that made this place a fixture of local community.
The new Inn will feature four large suites on the bottom floor, with private bathrooms in settings featuring original 1920s furnishings that maintain the Inns texture.
The new Inn will also features a spacious open foyer where breakfasts are served, featuring local Cascade railroad history, with French-doors leading to outside deck seating and outer grounds.
Breakfasts are special farm-to-table meals here, featuring eggs, herbs, and fruits grown onsite, and other products harvested locally. Locally harvested pork, beef, and salmon are smoked onsite.
Menu items such as a smoked salmon Benedict with fresh eggs from our hens, or fresh blueberry muffins and a baked blueberry cinnamon oatmeal.
The Iron Horse Inn is nestled in the Cascade Mountain foothills of Central Washington where the Old Milwaukee Bunkhouse was built to house trainmen working the Milwaukee line. Known as the Milwaukee Road Bunkhouse, it was built by the Chicago Railroad in 1909 to house the train crews between shifts.
About the Iron Horse Inn:
The Iron Horse Inn and its cabooses reside next to the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, formerly known as the John Wayne trail. For hikers and cyclists, this trail traverses most of Washington state, following the former railway roadbed of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) through miles-long tunnels, over mountain passes, and along railroad trestles.
South Cle Elum Rail Yard National Historic District
Located just behind the Inn, the old Cle Elum Depot houses a small railroad museum, as well as some darn good BBQ. The depot also sits along the Milwaukee Road interpretive trail of railroad history. This is where local train operations were organized, crew changes were made, and telegraph communication was possible.
For visiting cyclists, we will offer secure overnight cycle storage, a small provision of cycle tires, patches, etc. Additionally, bike rentals through Ride Roslyn are available for booking for daily trail rentals.