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Cumberland, Maryland (Hotels)

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On October 18, 1873, President U.S. Grant passed through Cumberland. While the train was stopped here, the President had dinner at the Queen City Hotel.

Mr. H. M. Kinsley was the first manager of the Queen City Hotel.

In June, 1898, the entire hotel building was wired by the Cumberland Electric Light Company. The entire building was to be lighted by electricity.

March 24, 1898, was a very busy day for the hotel, for on this day 53 Indians in native costume and three cowboys, with their wives, had breakfast at the hotel. They were on their way to join Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at Philadelphia. Also, on this day Assistant Secretary of War, George D. Meiklejohn and U. S. Senator John M. Thurston of Nebraska passed through this city, stopping at the Queen City Hotel long enough to partake of breakfast.

In 1912 the first floor of the west wing of the hotel building was converted into the station waiting room. The other three floors in the wing were to be used as B&O Railroad offices.

In 1916 an addition was built on the back of the east wing extending to Park Street, thus adding one hundred more rooms to the hotel. As the passenger travel by train diminished, the Queen City Hotel was not as much patronized. Also, newer hotels had been built in Cumberland and motels had become very popular for the traveller. The last major undertaking of the Queen City Hotel was when it was painted in 1953. Other necessary work was done at that time. During the last ten years of operation of the hotel it was used only for employees of the railroad. The final closing of the Queen City Hotel was at midnight December 31, 1964.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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