The Legendary Antlers Hotel (Part Two)

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with Leonard Cash

There is not much in regards to records after the Thanksgiving dinner rolled out by Mrs. Showers, the Antler’s Hotel’s founder, in 1895, but a March 10, 1899 report from the News Letter Journal stated that The Antlers changed hands. Both Mr. and Mrs. Showers passed away in 1897, and Cash suspects the Kilpatrick Bros & Collins ran the hotel until it was leased to Mr. Carl Blank, an experienced hotel man out of Deadwood. (Kilpatrick Bros & Collins still owned the building.) Blank took charge with plans for improvements, and The Antlers got a new register in June of 1899.

Then in January of 1900, the News Letter Journal said that due to a rush of business at the hotel an additional dining room was needed. Miss Maggie Conly of Alliance and her girls ran the restaurant. During that time, The Antlers also had a barber shop where people could pay a dollar a month to use the shop’s fine bathroom equipment and all the baths one could desire.

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