JACKSON (CBS13) – After more than 160 years, Jackson’s National Hotel has undergone a major renovation.

Fire forced its owners to spend millions of dollars on the project, but the result is a sight to see.

It’s one of the gold country’s hot spot destinations and after a multi-million dollar renovation, the National Hotel is open for business.

“My father had a vision of buying this property and rebuilding it, and turning it into what it once was: as a viable part of the community,” owner Stanley Lukowicz said.

The entire lobby underwent a makeover. The owners added an elevator, remodeled the bar and the hotel rooms.

“It was completely gutted — the entire building,” said Lukowicz.

But the remodel didn’t come at the expense of keeping the historical legacy alive.

“It was very important, as far as my father goes, to keep the historic legacy of the property itself,” said Lukowicz. “The hotel is on the city letterhead, so it’s very viable to this community.”

During the restoration, several artifacts were found.

“We found old safes, old bottles, lots of old documents that were around. Much of the same furniture was left once we took it over. We’ve had it all refurbished,” said Lukowicz.

Owners hope the new look will help boost the local economy. However, they say the look still depicts the gun-toting Wild West, including ghost sightings and, of course, the legacy of John Wayne staying at the hotel.

“He got an all-night poker game and he lost $50,000. And, he bounced the check and the local sheriff had to go ask for the money,” said Lukowicz.

The hotel’s owner had a dream that’s now a reality, standing bright in the heart of downtown Jackson.

The entire remodel reportedly cost about $4 million.


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