Mt. Vernon Hot Springs
Mt. Vernon Hot Spring was once the site of a rheumatism and arthritis clinic, purporting to soothe and remedy the ails.
Type: Former Resort / Closed Hot Spring.
Fees: None. Closed.
Driving Instructions: Mt. Vernon Hot Springs is about 150 miles from Bend, Oregon. From Bend, head north on Route 97 to Redmond. Bear right onto Highway 126, heading east. Travel Highway 126 to Prineville and transfer to Highway 26. Continue east until reaching Mt. Vernon. Once in Mt. Vernon, take a left onto N Mountain Blvd / Pendleton-John Day Hwy. Finally, take a left onto Mt. Vernon Hot Spring Rd. and travel until the first left, the destination's driveway.
Mount Vernon Hot Springs Map
Comments: Mount Vernon Hot Springs is another hot spring in Oregon that experienced the medicinal hot spring boom of the early 20th Century. Built in 1905 the "Mt. Vernon Hot Springs Hotel" was billed as a health resort and operated by H.A. Murphy, author of a self-published brochure--"Brewed in the Earth"--enumerating the benefits of hot mineral water.
In 1912 Murphy sold the resort and it began its several decades journey of changing hands numerous times. Finally, in 1968, after being purchased by Roy Kolpatrick, a lawyer from John Day, a hot ember from the chimney landed on the roof and set the building ablaze.
At current, no plans are in the works to re-open this spring to the public.
Mt. Vernon Hot Springs. (Links to interactive Google Map)
Mt. Vernon Hot Springs - View of the Structures