In 1849, at the dawn of the California Gold Rush, two Pennsylvania natives, Ellis Evans and D.C. White, with a fortune they amassed manufacturing cotton gins in Louisiana, made their way to California, where they built a general store at the south end of Main Street, on Jackson Creek. Three years later, that store became The Louisiana Hotel and Store. After a fire in 1862, Evans and White rebuilt and expanded, calling their new establishment the National Hotel.
Painstakingly renovated and returned to its original splendor by current owner and local resident Stanley Lukowicz, the National Hotel stands tall at the end of historic Main St., as the sentry of a bygone era, and a veritable museum of the Gold Rush days when Victorian design, in all of its opulence and color, set the standard for the day.
Lukowicz spared no expense with the renovations, as the masonry throughout the property, as well as perfectly appointed rooms attest to. A truly remarkable convergence of Old West ambiance, historical accuracy and modern luxury converge at the National Hotel, where guests are treated to Egyptian cotton linens, gleaming marble and glass bathrooms, and perfectly restored period antiques, all cloaked in the rich colors, polished hardwood and sumptuous textiles of the Victorian era.
Today, Lukowicz’s presence is felt throughout The National Hotel, as guests experience the actualization of his dream to restore this grand hotel and restaurant to her original beauty and standing, welcoming travelers, and providing them fine accommodations and food, in a unique setting that is certain to leave a lasting impression.