Gooding College was established in 1917 and remained a pillar of education in Southern Idaho until 1938.
The school started with land, from Frank Gooding, and $267,000.00 from the community of Gooding. At the peak of enrollment, in 1928, the college had 209 students.
At the time Gooding College was the only Higher Education in Idaho between Caldwell and Pocatello, and the only degree offered was a Bachelor of Arts. From 1917 through 1935 the President of the College was C.W. Tenney.
The building being restored was named after him, Tenney Hall, and the only building left on the site of the collage campus today. As late as 1931 the Gooding College was called “A valuable asset to Southern Idaho”.
Within seven years of that being said it was shut down. After 21 years of operation the buildings on the campus were given to Conference Claimants Board of The Idaho Conference of the Methodist Church, which had loaned money to keep the school operating.
In 1941 the property was given to the state of Idaho for the development of a Tuberculosis Hospital, which opened in 1946. The TB Hospital, as most of the community knows us as today, was, at the time, one of the most advanced Hospitals for TB in the United States.
Now, the building and grounds are host the University Inn.
Architect: Tourtellotte & Hummel
1911-1938 school Methodist
It was purchased in 2002 by the Tony Woodford