McCammon has always been a resting spot for people traveling through eastern Idaho. It’s where two major roads meet, it’s where the rail line splits and it will soon be home to a new hotel in a very old building.
McCammon was once one of the largest towns in eastern Idaho. A few buildings still remain from that era and that includes an historic building downtown.
“I think the design that it’s going to be when it’s all done will be very unique for southeastern Idaho,” said building owner, Aaron Hunsaker. “We may get people around that just want to stay somewhere a little different.”
A little different might be an understatement. All of the rooms in the hotel will be on the upper level of the building that was constructed in 1906. The building has served many uses through this span and this includes a hospital and even a grocery store.
“The biggest challenge is, and it doesn’t matter what building you are doing it on, with remodeling you never know what you are going to find and the older the building, the more interesting things you are going to find,” said Hunsaker.
The most interesting thing we found on our tour was a framed picture of “The Duke”. The picture is just one of many things that won’t be around when the project is finished. That’s because this McCammon native wants to restore the building to what it once was.
“It will feel like they are staying in a five-star hotel but in a little town, a little old building,” continued Hunsaker. “It will have about 8 rooms but the level of it I think will just be something that they will enjoy with their kids, enjoy the area, but also mainly enjoy the history of this building.”
The hotel will be named after a grand hotel that was once located in McCammon. The Harkness Hotel was destroyed in a fire 100 years ago. Aaron believes that with a little love and a lot of hard work, McCammon will once again be a tourist destination for people passing through the intermountain west.
The Harkness Hotel is scheduled to open next summer. None of the rooms will be alike. They hope this caters to wide range of visitors.