Blair House Hotel and 1869 Depot
Built: between 1885-1900
Located: North of the corner of 14th & Front Streets
Demolished: Some time after 1902
1869 Blair House Hotel
The 1869 building would have sat on the North side of the tracks, just west of Old Walker Avenue (now 16th Street). I was a wood frame building, possibly three stories tall. The 1876, “Bird’s Eye View of Blair,” shows this building and lists it as “The Blair House Hotel.”
The Sanborn Insurance maps for 1886, 1889, 1897, 1902 & 1909 show a 2 1/2 story building on this location, but on the 1923 map, the structure is absent.
On the 10th of March, 1869, a sale of lots at public auction was held, and the aggregate of the sales for the day amounted to $61,000 . . . . . Hundreds of buildings were in process of construction at one. In March the first railroad depot was built–now used as a freight house–and part of it was used as a hotel and eating house.
From: Men & Women of Nebraska: A Book of Portraits, Washington Co., Edited by Daniel M. Carr., Progress Publishing Company, 1903. page 50
The early railroad service in Blair dates back to February of 1869 when the Sioux City & Pacific Railroad finished a line from the Missouri River at Blair west to Fremont. (1) In March of that year, the the Railroad completed the first passenger depot in Blair, (2) and a part of was used as a hotel and eating-house. (3)
1History of Nebraska: From the earliest Explorations of the Trans-Mississippi Region, by J. Sterling Morton and Albert Watkins.
2 History of the State of Nebraska; A. T. Andreas, 1882
(It is noted that the Baptist Minister from Cuming City, the Rev. E.G. Groat, preached the first sermon ever delivered in Blair on the platform of the new depot in April 1869.)
3 History of the State of Nebraska; A. T. Andreas, 1882
“the present Sioux City & Pacific depot was completed in March, 1869, a part of it being used as a hotel and eating-house.”
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