As the Union Democrat said in its headline on April 5th: History Undone.
The Confidence Inn and Lounge has been closed since an early morning fire in September 2013. It was built in the 1920s (they think) and it’s said to be the last structure remaining from the historic gold rush town of Confidence. Since fire all but destroyed the building it’s become an “attractive nuisance” according to Doug Oliver, Tuolumne Country’s chief building official.
In addition to being a fire threat, more than $20,000 in property taxes and fines are owed on the property. If no one buys the Confidence Inn in a May county sales tax sale, the county has to move toward the process of demolishing the structure. With a small budget and many other structures awaiting demolition nothing will be happening soon.
Our District 3 county supervisor, Evan Royce, has tried, along with other county officials, to contact the owner of record but he seems to want to wash his hands of the Inn.
Damage to the Inn has been estimated at $200,000! And it’s now considered abandoned. It would be a shame to see it demolished since it’s also deemed to be quite historic as I mentioned earlier.
Confidence was founded in 1853 and the Confidence Mine became one of Calfornia’s richest sources of gold. Total taken from the mine was between $3.5 and $5 million. At it’s heyday in included a hotel, dance hall, saloon, general store, butcher shop, post office and school according to the Clampers who installed a plaque in 1985. From what I’ve been reading, the Inn might have been established in 1926.
Even now, in it’s very compromised condition, it will take well over a year to make a determination about the Inn’s future. It’s obviously experienced its share of vandals and, according to Mr. Oliver, boarding it up would draw even more trespassers and vandals.
If you’re interested in purchasing it (hee hee) it’s up for sale on May 6th……along with fines and unpaid taxes of more than $20,000. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone does purchase and restore it though and keep the history alive?
I’d definitely been wondering what was happening with the Inn since the fire and was sad to see the vandalism and thought that perhaps you might have been too. I’d love to peek inside and see the antique bar. The most Russ and I ever did there was eat at the little restaurant about 3-4 years or longer ago. If you have a story about Confidence Inn, please share it. Send it to me in an email and I’ll post it or write it in as a comment.
At least now we know what’s happening there, at least as of May 1, 2016.