History of the Area
For 8000 years prior to exploration by Europeans, this gorgeous area was home to the Kalapuya and Molalla peoples, who spent their summers in the high Cascades and their winters in the Willamette Valley. In fact, much of the river was largely unknown to western explorers until October 1853, when a group of Oregon Trail settlers became lost trying to cross the Cascades into the Willamette Valley via the Elliot Cutoff. Not long afterward they discovered the river named for an early fur trader, Donald McKenzie.
History of Loloma Lodge
In 1887, during the land rush of the Northwest, a claim was made for land that included the 14 acre property that would become Loloma Lodge. In 1928, the log cabin was constructed along with three out buildings–the Peeling Barn where the logs for the buildings were peeled and prepared (which is now our outdoor stage), the Carriage House where the owners parked and worked on their carriages (which is now our lounge), and a small one room living quarter (which is now our office).
In 1932 the 3,000 square foot main lodge was constructed. The riverfront cabins were built in 1966 using the latest materials with full kitchens and radiant floor heating. We purchased the property in 2005, after it had sat unused for over 10 years. Since we have owned Loloma, the property has gone through a major transformation, bringing back its original beauty while modernizing it, including adding new appliances. The floors and logs were all cleaned and oiled, gardens, trails, ponds and the wedding site were added. We have also added a catering kitchen and full commercial laundry area. The work continues.