THE IDAHO HOTEL
The Idaho Hotel was built in 1863–and is still open for business (in the summer months). Jacquie’s Much Ado About Silver City was held at this historic hotel. (You’ll find a fascinating short history of the hotel on the business’s official web page.)
Note: All pictures were taken by me, Kristin Holt, unless otherwise identified.
Silver City Trivia, including details about the city as well as the hotel’s history. This sign hangs on the dining room (back bar) wall of the historic Idaho Hotel.
The Idaho Hotel:
Established 1863 in Ruby City (not far downstream from Silver City)
North Wing Moved to Silver City in 1866
Offices Built ’66
Back Bar 1874
New Cafe 1898
Historic Idaho Hotel. Built in 1863 in Ruby City, on Jordan Creek (a mile below Silver City). in 1866, two-year-old Silver City became the county seat and many homes and buildings were moved to Silver City. The Idaho Hotel was dismantled, loaded onto sleds and skids and pulled up the snow- and ice-covered road to a new location in Silver City. A three-story addition was added at the same time. [text source: Images of America: Owyhee County, by Robert L. Deen, p 29] Image: Public Domain.
PICTURES OF IDAHO HOTEL EXTERIOR
Historic Idaho Hotel, June 2016, during Jacquie Rogers’s Much Ado About Silver City.
Kristin Holt (left) and Charlene Raddon (right) on the upper porch of historic Silver City’s Idaho Hotel.
We stayed in the two left-most rooms on the upper level as viewed from the street. We’re standing outside those windows on the view above. I find it fascinating–and a little creepy–to view historic images of people in this building now 150+ years old side-by-side with images shot last week.
Note: the buildings to the immediate right (as viewed from the street) are no longer standing. All that remains is the safe used by Wells Fargo.
The stone block Wells Fargo vault with rusted metal door (lower right) within buildings now missing from the original structures. Note: the saloon (1872) formerly attached to this side of the historic Idaho Hotel collapsed beneath the heavy snowfall of the 2004 winter season.
The Idaho Hotel as viewed upon approach from the road into historic Silver City, Idaho. June 2016.
Kristin Holt (left) and Charlene Raddon (right) [we are both authors of western historical romance], dressed in Victorian-era clothing, on the porch of the Historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Shirl Deems, Reader, dressed in real buckskin like a Mountain Man’s lady. On the porch of the historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Authors: Ann Charles, Charlene Raddon, and Paty Jager, standing in the street [Washington Street, Silver City, Idaho] (photographer’s back is to the hotel).
PICTURES OF IDAHO HOTEL LOBBY
Historic check-in area of the historic Idaho Hotel. The half-circle window was a pass-through into the bar behind for the cashier to deliver money to the bartender. Ladies didn’t enter the bar in those days.
Authors: Kristin Holt, Judith Laik, Charlene Raddon, (Honey–Jacquie’s character), Jacquie Rogers, and Paty Jager, together in the lobby of the historic Idaho Hotel. (Note: historical costumes not required–but too much fun!)
Kristin Holt in lobby of Silver City, Idaho’s historic Idaho Hotel. Image courtesy of Shirl Deems, reader.
Stove (wood or coal?) in the lobby of historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Vintage travel trunk, hat box, and satchel, on display in the lobby of historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho, June 2016. The background shows the telegraph office available to guests, residents, and businesses in Silver City.
Telegraph office in lobby of historic Idaho Hotel in Silver City, Idaho.
Jacquie Rogers (seated, left) at an unusual and clever antique table, built around a support beam in the lobby of historic Idaho Hotel (Silver City, Idaho). Jacquie Rogers held a book signing during her Much Ado About Silver City event in June, 2016. Note the original hardwood floors and display cases filled with antiques associated with the hotel and Silver City.
Antique safe behind the Check-In desk at Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho. Note the bells above the door (top left), the vintage telephone (far right), and the writing desk (lap or tabletop use) on top of the safe. Vintage stationery from a prominent female guest had been found in the desk in this century. See the dual oil lamps and message boxes behind the lap desk (also on top of safe). The lobby is filled with antique treasures!
Original Floors–with such historic character. Lobby of Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
PICTURES OF IDAHO HOTEL BAR AND DINING ROOM
Wood-burning stove used to heat the bar/restaurant area behind the lobby of the historic Idaho Hotel. Note the antique bar, foot-rail, and spittoon on the right-hand side of image.
Antique kitchen range visible from the dining room/bar. Fresh pie is visible on the cooking surface. The homemade pies are to die for! Silver City’s historic Idaho Hotel.
Vintage, antique double doors (as viewed from the bar/dining room), separating the lobby from the dining room. Historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Vintage, antique double doors separating lobby from the dining room/bar. This natural-wood (rather than painted) side, as viewed from the lobby. Historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Antique Upright Grand Piano, in the dining room of historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Authors: Paty Jager, Charlene Raddon, and Kristin Holt in Victorian-era costumes. In dining room/bar of historic Idaho Hotel in Silver City, Idaho. June 2016. Image taken by one of my friends there…I believe it may have been Shirl Deems. Note the antique, vintage wallpaper.
The hotel’s display walls are filled with so much history! This photograph is hanging in the dining room/bar of the historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Private tours only. The owners and managers are the most gracious hosts. I imagine any guests who ask nicely would be treated to a peek inside–and perhaps a historical message. My thanks to the management!
Framed picture of the contents and arrangement of the Ladies’ Parlor, Historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Antique piano and other decor in the Ladies’ Parlor, a room generally closed to the public within the Historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Edison Triumph Phonograph, on display in the Ladies’ Parlor, historic Idaho Hotel of Silver City, Idaho. Note the rolls stacked on the wooden case.
Secretary (ladies’ desk) on display within Ladies’ Parlor (generally not open to the public), historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Felt-topped card table (1878) original to the Billiards Hall (that section now in ruins) of the historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Closeup of Idaho Hotel Tokens, on display in the Ladies’ Parlor, historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Idaho Hotel antique monogrammed silver spoon. Ladies’ Parlor, Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Presently 13 guest rooms are available by reservation. The rooms are restored, historic, and filled with antique furniture.
View from the inside of room 7 (upper far-left window when viewed from the street). Notice the wooden structure (Fire and Rescue) across the street as viewed through the lace curtains and historic window panes.
Historic Idaho Hotel, Room #8, antique headboard (and foot board, not pictured). The box on the bedside table belonged to a guest; not part of the exquisite furnishings.
Antique hardware (doorknobs and locks). This one was the inside of a guest room on the 2nd floor, Historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
“Toilet”, a.k.a. wash stand with pitcher and bowl. On the bottom shelf, see the antique bed warmer. Historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Historic Idaho Hotel staircase, as viewed from the second floor landing, outside guest rooms. Silver City, Idaho.
Authors Paty Jager (left) and Kristin Holt (right) visiting late one evening in Shirl Deems’s room at the historic Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho. Note the antique bed frame and vintage wallpaper. Image courtesy of Shirl Deems.
IDAHO HOTEL’S PAMPHLET
The images in this section are scanned from the hotel’s pamphlet. All credit and responsibility is the hotel’s–I’m simply sharing, in full, in case readers of this blog article wish to contact the hotel, make a reservation, or visit Silver City.
Idaho Hotel Pamphlet Cover, Courtesy of the Idaho Hotel, Silver City, Idaho.
Idaho Hotel Pamphlet, Page 1
Hotel Pamphlet, Page 2
Idaho Hotel Pamphlet, Page 3
Idaho Hotel Pamphlet, Page 4
Idaho Hotel Pamphlet, Page 5
AN UPCOMING CHANCE TO SEE SILVER CITY
Each September, Silver City hosts an Open House where some of the privately owned buildings are open to the public, Parades of Homes-style. This year, the event will be September 17th and 18th (2016).
Silver City Open House Flyer (2016), Page 1 of 2
Silver City Open House Flyer (2016), Page 2 of 2
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