photo-groupRobert Currie Beardsley homesteaded here in 1880 with his wife Eleanor. They originally developed the property in the 1890’s as the “Beardsley Resort & Hotel”. The original boarding house was the center of recreation and relaxation for the miners of the Bayhorse, Beardsley, Custer, and Yankee Fork Mines. The pools were originally advertised as baths, and were also said to have numerous therapeutic and medicinal qualities.

Robert Currie Beardsley; founder of the Challis Hot Springs.

Robert Currie Beardsley; founder of the Challis Hot Springs.

Beardsley drowned in the Salmon River in 1888 at the age of 48, leaving Eleanor and their two children. His grave can be found marked with a wooden cross on the hillside behind the Bed & Breakfast. Eleanor eventually remarried to a man named John Kirk, with whom she continued work on establishing the Hot Springs as a public destination. Ownership later passed to Eleanor and Robert Beardsley’s daughter Isabella and her husband John Hammond in 1931.

Robert Beardsley Hammond, in front of the guesthouse, 1963.

Robert Beardsley Hammond, in front of the guesthouse, 1963.

Their son Robert Beardsley Hammond took ownership of the Hot Springs in 1951 until it was purchased by his son Bob Hammond in 1971. Bob and his wife Lorna maintained a home on the property until November 2013 when Bob passed away. The now fifth-generation resort is operated by their two daughters: Kate Taylor and Mary-Elizabeth Conner.