Columbus Hotel - Prince George, BC
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N 53° 55.012 W 122° 44.705
10U E 516742 N 5974302
Quick Description: This marker denotes the location of the old Columbus Hotel, which burned down in 2008.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 8/3/2013 8:45:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMHQ57
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member The_Draglings
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Long Description:
The marker reads:

Columbus Hotel

Louis Zimmaro arrived in Prince George in 1913 to work on a section crew constructing the Grand Truck Pacific Railway. He built the first Columbus Hotel on Second Avenue. In 1920, he constructed a new, larger Columbus Hotel in two phases on the north side of Third Avenue between Quebec and Dominion streets. Carpenter Peter Anderson, owner of Anderson's Lumber Yard (located next door) finished the building in 1927. A brick addition was completed in 1929, adding 24 rooms and installing fire walls. In the summer of 1930 large display newspaper advertisements described the hotel as an "up-to-date" and "fireproof" hotel.

Louis and his wife, Teresina, operated the 46-room hotel as a family business. Their main clientele were the region's loggers and mill workers who came in to two for the weekend. At that time, there was great competition for customers among the Columbus, Europe and Prince George hotels. Mr. Zimmaro would put on a chauffeur's cap and meet the train to offer potential guests a ride to the hotel in his car.

The first large commercial dish-washing machine was acquired in 1949. It was capable of cleaning up to 4,000 beer glasses an hour.

In 1950, Mr. Zimmaro sold the Columbus Hotel for $100,000 to a Vancouver interest. A tragic and devastating fire swept through the hotel on Tuesday, 19 August 2008 at 7:00 a.m. The Third Avenue landmark was destroyed.

Information about the tragic fire that destroyed the old hotel and killed three people is available online (visit link) (visit link).

Type of Marker: Cultural

Type of Sign: Historic Site or Building Marker

Describe the parking that is available nearby: Parallel parking is available throughout the city's streets.

What Agency placed the marker?: City of Prince George

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