The first Central Hotel was
built in July 1878 by R. Dennis. This structure burned on August
14, 1880. The pictured hotel was built and reopened on January
19,1881. Collins & Bedeaux, Proprietors in 1903. A large and
dominating structure on the upper side of North Main Street between
Central and King Streets. This was also the location of the IOOF
(Independent Order of Odd-Fellows).
In December 1931, the hotel
burned and might have resulted in greater loss of buildings, had
the firemen not been well equipped to fight the fierce blaze.
Even then, several buildings were in grave danger (including my
house) for a time, as the large building burned rapidly and threw
an intense heat on other buildings in the vicinity.
J.F. Gilfert Collection