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“Freeman Hotel - Pacific Greyhound”
Artist: James Geddes


This is an artist print with  either a 16x20 or 12x16 black matting.
Matting is removable if you desire another color.



 
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Freeman Hotel - Pacific Greyhound 1935

The era depicted in this scene is 1935. If you
wanted to purchase a Greyhound ticket you
dialed 29. If you wanted to make a hotel
reservation you dialed 5.

The Freeman was located across from the train depot
at the top of Lincoln way where Auburn Lumber
was located. Just above Pistol Pete's in this era.


The Freeman Hotel has a long history here in Auburn. It was
originally built in 1860 and called the West Hotel. Then it
sold and became the Borland Hotel and finally in 1880
the hotel was purchased by William Freeman. William took a
partner, James  Walsh. Walsh bought Freeman's
half in 1908 after the fire burnt the annex and he along
with his brothers rebuilt the the annex and moved back
into the hotel that November! The Freeman Hotel was
extremely important to the Southern Pacific Railroad.
The workers sought lodging there while SP was
building the bridge across the Auburn Ravine gap in old town
Auburn 1908-1912.

When I was young the hotel was still in operation and my
folks spoke fondly of their times together dancing on the huge
Freeman coilded dance floor. The Cardinal Market bought
the west portion of the property and built a business complex
with a new 5 and dime, Coronet. This was eventually replaced
and is now the home of Pistol Pete's. The owner of the Freeman
demolished the hotel in the early 1970's. The hotel was an Auburn
icon for over a century.

James Geddes


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