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Historical hotels, people and things in hospitality

The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs

For over a century, dreamers, farmers, investors, and even a Prussian Count have held a vision of the magnificence in store for the Colorado Springs area.

Elephantine Colossus Hotel

When Coney Island went from a sandbar resort in Brooklyn to the city’s biggest beachfront playground in the 1880s, all sorts of attractions popped up. There were beer halls, roller coasters, so called “freak shows” and a one-of-a-kind gaudy structure known as the Elephantine Colossus.

John McEntee Bowman, Part 2

During his lifetime career as a hotel developer and operator, John Bowman was a horse lover and a thoroughbred racing enthusiast.

John McEntee Bowman

John McEntee Bowman, president of the Bowman-Biltmore Hotel Corporation, had no easy boyhood. Born in 1875 in Toronto to Irish-Scottish immigrants, Bowman came to New York in 1892 when he was seventeen years old with the traditional lack of funds.

Hotel History: The Negro Motorist Green Book

This series of AAA-like guides for black travelers was published by Victor H. Green from 1936 through 1966. It listed hotels, motels, service stations, boarding houses, restaurants, beauty and barber shops. Widely used when African American travelers faced a swamp of Jim Crow laws and racist attitudes, which made travel difficult and sometimes dangerous.

Buffalo Bill Cody

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917) was an American legend, bison hunter, government scout, Wild West showman, pony express rider and hotel developer.

Moana Surfrider Hotel

The Moana Hotel opened on March 11, 1901, as Waikiki’s first hotel. It is known as the “First Lady of Waikiki.” In the late 1890s Waikiki was a swampy backwater area surrounded by duck ponds and taro fields.

The Boar's Head of Charlottesville, Virginia

On August 13, 2017, the New York Times wrote in “A Guide to the Charlottesville Aftermath”:

“On Saturday afternoon, President Trump met criticism for condemning the 'egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides' without singling out white nationalists or neo-Nazis”.

The Pierre Hotel of New York City

Did you read last year that the penthouse triplex at the Pierre Hotel in New York City was for sale for $125 million, the highest price ever listed for a New York hotel residence? At 13,660 square feet, that works out to $9,150 per square foot.

Hotel Galvez & Spa of Galveston

The Hotel Galvez opened on June 10, 1911, a little more than a decade after Galveston was decimated by the great hurricane of 1900 which claimed more than 6,000 lives.