The Timberline Lodge was built in 1937 as a refuge for visitors wanting to experience the environment that Mount Hood offers. After the opening of the Mt. Hood Loop Highway in 1925, the need for a lodge on the south side of the mountain was prevalent. With the help of workers employed by New Deal programs such as the Works Progress Administration, the construction of the lodge began. The lodge stands on the south slope of Mount Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Originally, the Timberline Lodge acts as a tribute to the spirit of the Pacifc Northwest. The lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The Timberline Lodge was famously used as the Grand Overlook Hotel in the 1980 movie The Shining. Interestingly, Stanley Kubrick was asked by the lodge to not depict Room 217 just in case guests would be afraid to stay there. A nonexistent room was used in the film. It is considered one of the most popular attractions in Oregon; it draws around two million visitors every year.