The stories and memories people in Atchison County have about the Opp Hotel are endless. The building has been a staple on Rock Port Main Street for over 100 years. Built in 1898, the hotel has been said to have hosted President Truman and the infamous bank robber, Pretty Boy Floyd.

The history and stories go on and on, especially if you get the chance to talk to the building’s new owner, Diana Liess. She and her husband Larry bought it in March and have been restoring the rooms one by one. Diana’s passion about the building is evident as she walks from room to room, describing what activities and businesses have filled them in the past, from a video arcade in the 1970s to dance studios and it’s rumored, a speak easy in the basement. She is also passionate about turning the rooms into spaces where even more memories can be made. What used to be the main room will soon be available for groups and organizations to rent for meetings and events.  They are also restoring a ball room and conference rooms on the second floor.

Most recently, the building was called Star Hill Prairie Art Institute but under its new ownership, it is now called Cedar Bluff Lodge.

“We chose the name because cedar trees are prominent around here and we are known for the bluffs surrounding this area. Because we are going to decorate the rooms with natural wood and “lodge” type decor, I thought calling it a Lodge would be appropriate,” Diana said.

Cedar Bluff Lodge will officially open on December 1, 2018, when it hosts  its “Christmas at the lodge Holiday Market.” To date, there are 15 vendors, craftsmen and businesses signed up for booths. Santa will also be there for photos and taking notes on children’s Christmas lists from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Holiday Market will be open December 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and December 2 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

One of the largest rooms that Diana and Larry are restoring will be available for parties, meetings, conferences and events. The couple hopes to host parties in the future with live music and trade shows.

 

In the front room that was once the lobby for the Opp Hotel, an antique cash register and telephone switchboard original to the hotel will be on display.

The stories and memories people in Atchison County have about the Opp Hotel are endless. The building has been a staple on Rock Port Main Street for over 100 years. Built in 1898, the hotel has been said to have hosted President Truman and the infamous bank robber, Pretty Boy Floyd.

The history and stories go on and on, especially if you get the chance to talk to the building’s new owner, Diana Liess. She and her husband Larry bought it in March and have been restoring the rooms one by one. Diana’s passion about the building is evident as she walks from room to room, describing what activities and businesses have filled them in the past, from a video arcade in the 1970s to dance studios and it’s rumored, a speak easy in the basement. She is also passionate about turning the rooms into spaces where even more memories can be made. What used to be the main room will soon be available for groups and organizations to rent for meetings and events.  They are also restoring a ball room and conference rooms on the second floor.

Most recently, the building was called Star Hill Prairie Art Institute but under its new ownership, it is now called Cedar Bluff Lodge.

“We chose the name because cedar trees are prominent around here and we are known for the bluffs surrounding this area. Because we are going to decorate the rooms with natural wood and “lodge” type decor, I thought calling it a Lodge would be appropriate,” Diana said.

Cedar Bluff Lodge will officially open on December 1, 2018, when it hosts  its “Christmas at the lodge Holiday Market.” To date, there are 15 vendors, craftsmen and businesses signed up for booths. Santa will also be there for photos and taking notes on children’s Christmas lists from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Holiday Market will be open December 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and December 2 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.