Owner Rubicon Soda Springs
Sierra Nevada Vade Phillips (Clark, Bryson)

Sierra Nevada Phillips was the daughter of Joseph W. D. Phillips. He established and operated Phillips Station on the Johnson Pass road at about 6,800 feet above sea level, between Placerville and Virginia City (via Tahoe, now US HWY. 50. In the 19th century and early 20th century Phillips Station, built about 16 miles southeast of Rubicon Springs was a stopping, resting, and refreshment station for people, horses, stagecoaches, freight wagons, and early automobiles on their way to Lake Tahoe and Virginia City, Nevada,. The historic location of Phillips Station, where Sierra Nevada Phillips Clark most likely grew up learning the tourist business, is now on U.S. Highway 50, near the turn-off for the Sierra At Tahoe Ski Resort.

Sierra Nevada “Vade” Clark bought the 40 acres of Rubicon Springs on December 8, 1888 from George Hunsucker for $5,500 in gold coins. The sale included the buildings constructed by the brothers over the years and the spring water production. She most likely began planning the construction of the hotel immediately. Clark added to her holdings on the Rubicon River in June of 1890, by buying the 80 acres of Clark Potter’s Spring for $900 from Sarah Jackson of Georgetown. Potter’s Spring and Rubicon Springs were still separated by 160 acres of land owned by the Central Pacific Railroad. By the tourist season of 1891 the two and a half story “Rubicon Springs Hotel,” with 16 sleeping rooms, was in full operation.

At the end February 1895, Sierra Nevada Clark sold the 40 acres of Rubicon Springs back to George Hunsucker for $3,800 in gold coins. This would include the hotel and all improvements after six seasons of operation. In April of the same year, Clark sold the 80 acres of Potter’s Springs to Ralph Colwell, along with other lots in the Lake Valley (South Lake Tahoe, California) for $1,000 in gold coins. In July 1901, Sierra Nevada Clark, now known after a marriage as Mrs. Vade Bryson advertised in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, as the new manager of the Tahoe Inn on Lake Tahoe.

For the 1904 summer tourist season, Rubicon Springs advertised in the San Francisco Chronicle that it was to be opened under the new management of Mrs. Vade Bryson. The hotel and spring continued to be owned by Daniel Abbott, who bought the property from George Hunsucker in 1898. Vada Bryson appears to have managed the Rubicon Springs Hotel through the summer season of 1907. For the 1908 summer season, in the San Francisco Chronicle Summer Camp section, Vade is listed as the manager of a “tent city” at Meeks Bay after “Having severed all connection with Rubicon Springs. . . .” In the 1920s, Vada Bryson is found as a boarding house manager in Sparks, Nevada, a small town 44 miles northeast of Rubicon Springs established by the Central Pacific Railroad to support its maintenance station.
Owners of Rubicon Soda Springs from 1861 to present 
Central Pacific Railroad Company
George and John Hunsucker 
Clark Potter
Sierra Nevada Vade Phillips
Daniel Abbott
Ralph L. Colwell
Charles J. Rupley
American Trust Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Yuba River Lumber Company
Rubicon Soda Springs Group
the gold rush and Rubicon Springs
a history of the owners of Rubicon Springs
from 1888 to 1895
Sierra Nevada Vade
Rubicon Springs Hotel
Phillips Station on U.S. Highway 50