It started as a stable and blacksmith shop and was
converted into a hotel in 1915.
Originally built in 1905, The Inn at Soap Lake is one
Grant County's oldest buildings. Roxie Thorson and her husband, were
the new owners.
Mr. Thorson had a dream to make bath salts from the Soap Lake
mineral water, but a short time after they became established, he
became ill with pneumonia and passed away.
Roxie carried on with his dream to become queen of the salt mine
until 1986, when at 96 years of age she passed away.
Two people who discovered Soap Lake as
children, with their families were Cory and Nancy Wold.
In 1963, shortly after they were married, they came
to the Inn at Soap Lake, then called Thorsons, for a family get
They continued to visit Soap Lake every year because
of the relaxation of a small town that offers the only mineral lake
of it's kind, with all the sunshine you could want. Little did they
know they would be the owners of the hotel years later.
In 1990, while visiting Soap Lake, they noticed a
"For Sale" sign on the hotel. They were in the right position to
make a change from Edmonds, Washington after semi-retirement from
selling their Auto Salvage business.
Within a month, they rented their home and moved into the hotel as
new owners. They did not realize how much work was going to be
restore the Inn to its early day glory.
Their hard work and persistence paid off and the Wold's were able to
restore the Inn and bring back all of it's charm.
They re-opened the Inn in May, 1993 and were successful in their
Finally, in the spring of 2001 they sold the Inn to the Garnett
family, opening a new chapter in its long life.