Robert and Paige Mull originally moved to Lincoln County in 2000, and moved away in 2004. Since then, they have lived in Utah, Idaho and North Carolina, in various locations, yet they had always dreamed of returning to Lincoln County. In June, they purchased the Midway Motel in Caliente.
“We’re westerners, that’s where we belong,” said the Mulls.
The Mulls said their first stay in Lincoln County proved hard to obtain work. Paige had a seasonal job she enjoyed with the BLM in Caliente, but knew it wasn’t a permanent position.
Their son, Addison Mull, enjoyed Lincoln County so much that when they moved away, he returned just to go to school at Lincoln County High School in Panaca. He graduated in 2006 and joined the Army National Guard. He visited Iraq in one tour, and is working currently in Cedar City, Utah.
Their youngest son is in his teens.
Robert said he graduated from Virgin Valley, and used to play against Lincoln County High School in his high school years.
The Mulls had plans to purchase commercial property and open their own business, but the sale fell through. They saw the motel for sale, however, and thought to try their luck there.
Robert had reported staying in the Midway before, and that he was, “surprised to see how much work Clifford Jensen put into it, making the rooms more modern and nice.”
The Midway takes all forms of payments: cash, check and credit card.
The Mulls reported that their biggest challenge so far, has been working and unpacking at the same time. Paige said she tries to do a little more each night to make the new motel their home.
Many years have passed and many miles have been traveled, but the Mulls have finally found their way back to Lincoln County.