After purchasing the historic home on 100 S and 300 W, the Douglas couple spent over a year renovating the home and making major investments to improve and enhance the accommodations for guests. The 9,000 square foot home was orignally built in 1902 by Senator Joseph R. Murdock for his wife and eleven children.
Born in Salt Lake City, Joseph's family settled in the town now known as Charleston where they established a dairy farm in 1875. At age 17, Joseph attended the inaugural year of Brigham Young Academy (later renamed Brigham Young University). Upon completion of his schooling, he returned to Heber Valley and helped his father open the first Heber Valley Mercantile. Following that, Joseph then built and ran the first Heber Valley Bank. In addition to those business accomplishments, Joseph is known for raising over two million dollars to construct a canal to divert water from the Heber Valley down to the Wasatch Front areas. His political prowess included being the Mayor of Heber City for almost a decade and being elected Senator in 1900. The home has been carefully preserved and now operates as a beautiful bed and breakfast. For more information on the Heber Senator, please visit the website. hebersenatorbedandbreakfast.com