Owner Rubicon Soda Springs
Daniel Abbott

After re-purchasing the Springs in 1895, from Sierra Nevada Clark for $3,800, George Hunsucker sold the property at the start of the 1898 tourist season to Daniel Abbott of San Jose for $2000 in gold coins. This included the original 40 acres and all personal property of the Rubicon Springs Resort as of the close of the 1897 season. Abbott, an investor and developer, lived in San Jose, California, about 150 miles west of Rubicon Springs and 40 miles south of San Francisco. Research has not yet determined if Daniel Abbott was an old mining friend who had left the gold rush country and settled in San Jose or an unacquainted investor.

Daniel Abbott was born in 1834 and was 64 years old when he bought the property. He promoted Adie Abbott, the oldest of his seven daughters, as the manager of the Rubicon Soda Springs Hotel when it opened for the 1898 season. She was unmarried and 37 years old, when her father bought the resort. She married in 1914, five years after they had sold the hotel. Perhaps the plans of having his daughter manage the hotel did not work out because in 1899, Abbott’s second season of operation, Rubicon Soda Springs opened with Ms. T.B. Smith as the manager. They listed the season rates for the hotel in the Summer Camp section of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper as $10.50 to $12.00 per week or $2.00 per day.

Rubicon Springs advertised in the San Francisco Chronicle for the 1904 summer tourist season that it was to be opened under the management of Mrs. Vade Bryson (formerly Mrs. Sierra Nevada Clark). Vade Bryson appears to have managed the Rubicon Springs Hotel through the 1907 summer season. For the 1908 summer season, she advertised in the San Francisco Chronicle Summer Camp section as the manager of a “tent city” at Meeks Bay after “Having severed all connection with Rubicon Springs. . . .”

The Rubicon Springs Hotel did not advertise for the 1908 season. The hotel did not operate or open for regular business during the 1908 season as suggested by the hotel register. Although the hotel did not operate for normal business, there was a notable event in 1908.

The first motorized vehicle to successfully make the trip into Rubicon Springs was a new 1908 Mitchell roadster, owned by A.E. Hunter. Hunter was the son-in-law of Daniel Abbott, owner of Rubicon Springs. He owned the Mitchell automobile dealership in San Francisco and San Jose. The new car left from San Francisco, driven by Marion Walcott, on July 28, 1908.  Marion was a reporter who would write a story about her trip to Rubicon Springs. She had three passengers: Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Hunter and Edward Cohen, also a reporter. The story of their trip appeared in the fall 1908 edition of a new publication called, Pacific Coast Motor. Daniel Abbot apparently made the trip in the traditional method of horse or wagon as he appears in the photograph standing next to the Mitchell automobile parked in front of the hotel.

At the end of  February 1909, Daniel Abbott sold his 40 acres and the Rubicon Springs Hotel, for $10 in gold coins and an Indenture of Mortgage for $2000 to Ralph Colwell of Eldorado County, California. The mortgage to be paid in gold coins, at the rate of 6% percent per annum, payable semiannually, was to be completed by September 2, 1912. Ralph Colwell, owner of Moana Villa Resort on the shore of Lake Tahoe, now owned 280 acres in the Rubicon Valley.

Daniel Abbott died January 2, 1911, at the age of 77 at his home in San Jose, California. Colwell paid off the mortgage on the Rubicon Springs property to A.E. Hunter, Abbott’s son-in-law, on March 18, 1913.
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 1897 to 1909
guest in front of the Rubicon Springs Hotel
business card for Rubicon Springs Hotel
leaving San Francisco for Rubicon Springs in 1908
first car arrived at Rubicon Springs in 1908 
advertisement for the Rubicon Springs water