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A history of Lava & the Home Hotel

Birth of Lava Hot Springs 

Lava Hot Springs, Idaho was originally known to the Shoshone-Bannock peoples as "Poha-Ba" or "Land of Healing Waters."  Folklore says Lava was set aside as a place of peace.

A fur trapper named Dempsey settled near Lava and the area was briefly named after him.  



In November of 1904, when Teddy Roosevelt was president, John Hall homesteaded most of the land that is now the township of Lava Hot Springs, after which the area was known as "Hall Town."  Once upon a time, land in America was free if you could homestead it!  Eventually the town was incorporated and the residents renamed it "Lava Hot Springs."  


Birth of the Home Hotel
Est. 1918

Home Hotel Lobby 
Thomas M. & Susan E McGinley
Owners from 1927 until 1945

The Home Hotel, one of the first large buildings in Lava, aquired its deed from John Hall in 1916 and was completed in 1918.  We are coming up on our 100th anniversary! 

The Home Hotel was originally named after its first owner Mary Ann Ray and was called the Raya Hotel. Then in 1927, the McGinley's changed the name to the Home Hotel. 

In the 1970's, motel units were added to the east of the original hotel and the name of the business changed to the Home Hotel & Motel.  

With our recent wave of renovation, we have changed the name back to the more simple and original: Home Hotel.  

For nearly 100 years, the Home Hotel has provided family operated, affordable, yet luxurious lodging with private hot springs and within walking distance to the world famous Hot Pools.

Historical Owners of the Home Hotel
10-16-1916 to 05-25-1927         Mary Ann Ray & W.M. Ray
05-25-1927 to 12-29-1945 Thomas M. & Susan E. McGinley
12-29-1945 to 08-30-1960 J.O. Brown & Francis Lillian Brown
08-30-1960 to 02-16-1970 Tsuneo & Toshimi Ogata
02-16-1970 to 03-01-1973 Richard J. Hooper & Anna C. Hooper
03-01-1973 to 07-22-1994 Lavco Corp., J.L. & Elaine Albretsen
07-22-1994 to 12-04-2007 Campbell Inc., Buddy & Eleanor Campbell
12-04-2007 to 07-15-2015 Robert E Rush & Evelee Hill Rush and Scott & Marcy Pearhill
07-15-2015 to Present Scott & Marcy Pearhill

Meet the Innkeepers

Scott and Marcy Pearhill, have been the innkeepers at the Home Hotel Lava Hot Springs since December of 2007.  

Marcy & Scott Pearhill

Scott & Marcy both earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Idaho in 1992 (Marcy in Art and Economimcs and Scott in Foreign Language), where we dated and eventually married.  

The Home Hotel in Lava Hot Springs, IdahoScott & Marcy are enjoying renovating and updating all the rooms at the Home Hotel.  Its been fun and rewarding to see the glamour come back to this wonderful, historic lodging establishment. The Home Hotel will mark 100 years of operation in 2018! 

We would love to hear from you.  Please email Scott any time at [email protected], or call 208-776-5050. 

Learn more about Lava from our local museum!