This building is too interesting just to have a few postcards on the
The first Hotel Racine was built in 1894 and torn down in 1925.
Here is a short biography of a Hotel
Racine manager, George Hopper.
I found this very vivid
account of a society ball at the Hotel Racine on January 2, 1895.
is from 1908:
Dr. Marshall Dies in West
Former Proprietor of Hotel Racine Succumbs to Lingering Illness
in Redlands, Cal -- Survived by Wife and Daughters
Dr. John M. Marshall, former proprietor of the Hotel Racine, died
on the evening of November 19, at his home on Brookside avenue, Redlands,
Marshall was one of the most successful hotel men in the country,
and when he had charge of the Hotel Racine he conducted it in a
first class and business like manner, and sold out at a profit of
about $8,000. He was a man upright and honorable in every transaction,
and with the guests of the house was popular, never losing an opportunity
to make them comfortable.
He sold the
hotel here to Mr. Solloway and went to Richmond, Indiana, where
he conducted a hotel; thence to Butte, Montana, and came back east
again. Last spring he went to Redlands, where he bought the Rev.
D. H. Gillan ranch and residence at Brookside, expecting to make
that his home.
With Mrs. Marshall
he spent last summer in Europe and returned to Redlands late last
September. Soon after he was taken ill and his decline was rapid.
was a native of Ohio, and at the time of his demise was 64 years
of age. Deceased is survived by Mrs. Marshall and two daughters,
Mrs. S. B. Williams of Nashville, Tenn., and Mrs. W. S. Longford
of Atlanta. Ga.
at this building I saw in Dallas! I was taking a cab from the airport
to the convention center and all of a sudden, I thought I was dreaming
-- it looks just like the first Hotel Racine, right down to the different
stone used in the first story. Apparently it is called the Old Red