JACKSON, Calif. --A Northern California Gold Country town is celebrating the grand reopening of a historic landmark. The National Hotel is on Main Street in Jackson, California, which is about an hour southeast of Sacramento.
California's longest continually running hotel has been in operation since 1863. Its old west legacy includes guests like Mark Twain and the outlaw Black Bart.After a two year, four million dollar renovation, the National Hotel now has the classic 19th century feel in a modern luxury setting. "We have people coming from the Bay Area and Southern California who came there in their younger days and had quite a wild time, and now that want someplace nice to stay," said National Hotel Manager Patricia Weinshiemer. Part of the hotel's western lore includes legendary cowboy actor John Wayne once losing $56,000 in a four day poker game.