The lodge remained vacant after the recording artists left.
For 2 years, no one stayed at the lodge except for the occasional
On December 15, 1971, Gerald Beck bought the lodge, not
knowing the extent of the damages. He failed to pay the bills,
however, and on September 27,
1972, less than a year later, the lodge went back to the Langs.
Once again the lodge remained vacant with the exception of the caretaker, Michael Halter and it’s status and reputation continually dwindled. On April 13, 1973, two families, composed of Ron and Jane Schwartz and Ron and Doris Pound, bought it. On Jan. 22, 1974, they
incorporated into Paxton Lodge Inc. They found the lodge to be in terrible shape still.
The lodge, after being fixed up wonderfully by the families, served mainly as a hang out for the local residents. The hotel was reinstated, although it was never the same as in it’s hay day in the 40’s. Also it served as a boarding house for college students at the nearby Feather River College in Quincy. They served lunch to trains passing by on the Western Pacific Railroad on a 24 hour basis although they no longer stopped, and had not done so for years.
On April 16, 1981, a fire broke out at Paxton and burned the
top story, where seven members of the Schwartz family lived and burned the roof off the lodge.
In the winter and spring of 1986, the Feather River flooded, washing away the beach house where guests of the Rainbow’s End Hotel once enjoyed Swedish massages and steam baths.