Built in 1891, the Esmeralda Inn of Chimney Rock played host to a myriad of silent movie guests. In addition to several films being made there, the screen play for BEN HUR was written by Lew Wallace in room #9. Celebrities Clark Gable, Mary Pickford, and William S. Hart often came to stay at the Esmeralda. Because of its rich history, Gene and Linda Crawford began the restoration of the Esmeralda in 1975. The inn is still operational and has a restaurant.