A Remarkable History Family-Owned Since 1947
Oregon has a rich history of family owned and operated businesses. Callahan’s Mountain Lodge is a part of that tradition.
As a young man growing up in the Rogue Valley, Don Callahan dreamed of owning a lodge in the Siskiyou Mountains. After serving in World War II, he chiseled out a building site from the solid rock of the hillside. In 1947, he built a wood and stone building for a dining room furnished with eight stools and five tables. On March 23, 1947, “Callahan’s Café” opened for business. Don’s wife, Nilde, introduced the hearty menu inspired by her Italian heritage. Later, their residence above the restaurant was turned into the first “lodge” with five guest rooms and a “community” bathroom. In 1963, the State of Oregon removed the original “motor lodge” to provide width for Interstate 5. Encouraged by their previous success, in 1965, Callahan’s reopened in its current location, just below the Pacific Crest Trail, the Mount Ashland Ski Resort and the summit of the Siskiyou Mountains, the highest point on Interstate 5.