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LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER





4 EARLY DOWNTOWN HOTELS




ALEXANDER HOTEL
114 Francis Street






Circa 1859
ALLEN'S HOTEL
Circa 1881
GRIFFITH HOTEL
4th & Sylvanie Street

The Allen Hotel was located on the corner of Fourth and Sylvanie Streets
In 1881, it was known as the Griffith Hotel and was one of the old landmarks






AMBASSADOR APARTMENTS & HOTEL
1821 Clay




Circa 1955
AMERICAN APARTMENTS
425 North 11th Street




Circa 1909
ANDREWS HOTEL
1224 North 6th Street





Circa 1955
ARTIS HOTEL
609 South 8th Street





Circa 1859
ATLANTIC HOTEL
621 South 8th

The Atlantic House was located on Eighth Street, between Messanie and Locust
It was built in 1859 and opened as the Batchele House (a hotel).
It is a large three story brick contining thirty one rooms.
In 1881, the proprietor was W.H. Love.




Circa 1955
AUG'S MOTEL
1807 South Belt Highway






Circa 1955
BAXTER BLACK ANGUS HOTEL
1316 North Belt Highway




Pioneer Hotel1 Pioneer Hotel2 Pioneer Hotel3 Pioneer Hotel4 Pioneer Hotel5 Pioneer Hotel6 Pioneer Hotel7 Pioneer Hotel8 Pioneer Hotel9 Pioneer Hotel10 Pioneer Hotel11 Pioneer Hotel12

Circa 1860's
BACON HOUSE HOTEL
WOODLAND HOTEL
JESSE JAMES HOTEL
PIONEER HOTEL
224 North 3rd Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Photo #8 was taken 1882-1883
Originally built in the 1860's as the Bacon House Hotel
Enos E Bacon, was the proprietor of the Bacon House Hotel
Mr Bacon operated the hotel from 1889 untill his death in 1895
It then became the Woodland Hotel, then Jesse James Hotel then finally it was named the Pioneer Hotel
The hotel was located at 224 North 3rd Street
(3rd & Jules)
The building was demolished in 1972 in order to make another parking lot for Wyeth Company
Photo #8 submitted by Andrew Poage




BELT MOTEL
302 South Belt Highway


Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




Belt Motel1 Travel Lodge Motel2 Budget Motor Inn3 Budget Motor Inn4 Budget Motor Inn5

BELT MOTEL
HOLIDAY MOTEL
TRAVEL LODGE
BUDGET MOTOR INN
BUDGET INN
1328 North Belt Highway

Numerous motels have been at this location
Belt Motel, Holiday Motel, Travel Lodge, Budget Motor Inn and Budget Inn
In 2000, it was listed as Budget Motor Inn, in 2010, it was listed as Budget Inn
The building is located on the west side of the Belt Highway at top of hill north of Frederick Avenue

Photo 1: The Belt Motel
Photo 2: The Travel Lodge
Photo 3: 2006 photo - called Budget Motor Inn
Budget Motor Inn can be seen on the far side of the Burger King sign
Photo 4: The Belt Motel
Photo 5: Budget Inn




Circa 1955
BODDE TOURIST MOTEL
North Belt and Blackwell Road




CENTRAL HOTEL
401 Edmond Street




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CENTURY TOWERS APARTMENTS
627 North 25th St






CLAY HILL APARTMENTS
1816 Clay Street

1935 Photo of the Clay Hill Apartments located at 1816 Clay Street




CHARLESTON HOTEL
101 Main Street




CHARLESTON HOTEL ANNEX
107 Felix Street




Circa 1955
CHILCOTE APARTMENTS
515 North 5th Street






Circa 1910
COLONIAL HOTEL
104 North 2nd Street

In 1910 this hotel stood near Market Square and the old city hall




Circa 1895
COLORADO HOUSE
114 North 2nd Street

Known to be in operation in 1895




Circa 1895
COLUMBUS HOUSE
518 South Street

Known to be in operation in 1895




Circa 1895
COMMERCIAL HOTEL
6th & Angelique

Known to be in operation in 1895




EAGLE HOTEL
519 South 6th Street




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Circa 1850
EDGAR HOUSE
PLANTER HOUSE
UNITED PAPER & OFFICE SUPPLY
101 Francis Street

Built in 1850, the Edgar House, was located on the northeast corner of Main & Francis streets
It later become known as the Planter House
For one year, John Abell had a hotel within this structure
United Paper currently owns the building
The structure is still standing
It sits across Main Street from the old Nabisco factory






Circa 1890
ELMS HOTEL
109-111 North 3rd Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

The Holiday Inn hotel parking lot now occupies this location




Circa 1955
FARLEY APARTMENTS
308 North 13th Street




Circa 1955
FARLEY APARTMENTS
1501 Faraon Street




Circa 1955
FELIX STREET APARTMENTS
920 Felix Street




First Ward House1 First Ward House2 First Ward Tavern3 First Ward House4 First Ward House5 First Ward House6 First Ward House7 First Ward House8


Circa 1878
FIRST WARD HOUSE
2101 St Joseph Avenue

The First Ward House first opened in 1878
Originally, the upstairs was a hotel and the lower section was a saloon
For decades, it doubled as a brothel
The First Ward House is one of the oldest bars west of the Mississippi River and it is still in operation
The building is located on the northeast corner of Grand Avenue and St Joseph Avenue
In the 1950's, bricks from the top 2 floors were used to reconstruct the Pony Express Stables
Over the years, the building became very dilapidated and was in danger of being torn down
In 1998, a new owner totally remodeled the old structure and appears to be doing a prosperous business
The bridge in the background once spanned Chicago Northwestern tracks
A newer bridge had replaced the old, but now the tracks & bridge are both gone, as well as the hill
Photo #2 - 1900 interior photo
3rd Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes




Circa 1955
FREED PRESIDENT APARTMENTS
711 North 22nd Street




Circa 1859
SNEARLY HOUSE
GALT HOUSE
3rd & Angelique

The Galt House was located on the corner of Third Street and Angelique
It was originally named as the Snearley House.
It was renamed the Galt House after 1873.
In 1881, it was kept by J.M. and J.B. Talbot.



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GREEN TREE HOTEL
GREEN TREE TAVERN
COFFEE SHOP & NITE CLUB
701-703 South 6th
Demolished during Urban Renewal

The 1953 City Directory lists a Green Tree Hotel at 701 South 6th
The Green Tree Tavern, Nite Club and Cafe was located at 703 South 6th
It was owned by Virgil Townsend
As visible on the cafe window, it was operated by Ethel Chaney
To the right was another business called A-Rite Meats
The meat company was run by Johnnie Roskey
Guys Potato Chip Warehouse was located north of the Green Tree
Pat Townsend said that at end of the cafe counter was a hallway to the bar
Check out the food prices

Photo #1 - The entire block is now an empty lot with trees
Photo #2 - A great photo of the establishment
Photo #3 - On the left is Mary Townsend, Leona Townsend is on the right
Photo #4 - Inside of the cafe, the lady on the left is Ethel Chaney
Photo #5 - Virgil Townsend Trade Token
B&W photos & info were donated by Butch and Dea Allen




Circa 1895
HAAG HOUSE
Stockyards Area

Known to be in operation in 1895




Circa 1955
HABER APARTMENTS
301 South 10th Street




Circa 1955
HABER HOTEL
1214 South 6th Street






HAWKINS MOTEL
Valley Street & 59 Highway

The motel and restaurant were demolished




Circa 1955
HAZLETT APARTMENTS
1117 Felix Street




Circa 1895
HERBERT HOUSE
302 South 4th Street

Known to be in operation in 1895




Circa 1955
HINKLE APARTMENTS
511 North 7th Street




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HOLIDAY INN
4312 Frederick Avenue

Once located at Frederick Avenue & I-29 intersection
It was moved downtown and occupies many areas removed during Urban Renewal




HOTEL COLUMBIA
609 South 8th Street






Circa 1899
HOTEL DONOVAN
6th & Edmond






HOTEL FELIX
9th & Felix Street

Circa: unknown
This hotel was located on the corner of 9th & Felix






HOTEL HOMAN
308 Felix Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Circa: unknown
Clydesdales & wagon in front of Hotel Homan at 308 Felix




Downtown1 Downtown2 Downtown3 Downtown4 Downtown5 Robidoux Center6 Robidoux Center7 Robidoux Center8

Circa 1922
HOTEL JEROME
416 Francis

The Hotel Jerome was a six story, 75 room hotel
The hotel opened in 1922 at 416-418 Francis Street
The hotel was managed by Mr Harold Gordon
It was gutted by fire on March 4, 1957 and ordered by the city to be demolished
The above details were submitted by: Don Erck, Elk Grove, CA
DESCRIPTION FOR PHOTO #5 SUBMITTED BY Andrew Poage:
This photo shows the sides of the old American Electric building and the Tootle-Hosea building (center and right) on north 4th street. We would now be looking at Civic Arena and the parking garage

Photo #1: The empty lot across from Hotel Robidoux was the Hotel Jerome
Photo #2: The Jerome Hotel
Photo #3: Jerome Hotel advertisement
Photo #4: Jerome Hotel postcard
Photo #5: The remnants of the hotel
Photo #6: March 4,1957 fire
Photo #7: Slightly better photo than #2
Photo #1 submitted by Dave Sietzen



Hotel Robidoux1 Robidoux Center2 Robidoux Center3 Robidoux Center4 Hotel Robidoux5 Hotel Robidoux6 Hotel Robidoux7 Hotel Robidoux8 Hotel Robidoux9 Hotel Robidoux10 Hotel Robidoux11 Hotel Robidoux12 Hotel Robidoux13 Hotel Robidoux14 Hotel Robidoux15 Hotel Robidoux16 Hotel Robidoux17 Hotel Robidoux18 Hotel Robidoux19 Hotel Robidoux20 Hotel Robidoux21 Hotel Robidoux22 Hotel Robidoux23 24 Hotel Robidoux25 Hotel Robidoux26 Hotel Robidoux27 Hotel Robidoux28 Hotel Robidoux29 Hotel Robidoux30 Hotel Robidoux31 Hotel Robidoux32 Hotel Robidoux33 Hotel Robidoux34 Hotel Robidoux35 Hotel Robidoux36 Hotel Robidoux37 Hotel Robidoux38 Hotel Robidoux39 Hotel Robidoux40 Hotel Robidoux41 Hotel Robidoux42 Hotel Robidoux43 Hotel Robidoux44 Hotel Robidoux45 Hotel Robidoux46 47 48 49 50 Hotel Robidoux51 Hotel Robidoux52 Hotel Robidoux53 Hotel Robidoux54 Hotel Robidoux55 Hotel Robidoux56

Circa 1908
HOTEL ROBIDOUX
5th & Francis

This magnificent hotel opened on September 15, 1908

Hotel Robidoux was imploded on June 13,1976

Many St. Joseph residents lived in the hotel year round

Their Black Angus room was noted for it's fabulous steaks & lobster dinners

They used to have great record hops in the 2nd floor ballroom sponsored by KUSN radio

We knocked the plaster off the ceiling below by stomping one night to the Mexican Hat Rock

The hotel management no longer allowed the record hop to be held in the hotel so it was moved to the Eagles Lodge on North 10th St

In 1978, Robidoux Center, a modern, multimillion dollar, 6 story office building replaced the hotel. American National Bank, & other businesses occupy the new building

Photo #1 - Hotel Robidoux
Photo #2 - parking garage entrance
Photo #3 - Implosion photo
Photo #4 - article about implosion
Photo #5 - Advertisement
Photo #6 - Hotel dining room
Photo #7 - Side entrance
Photo #8 - Hotel room keys
Photo #9 - Hotel Dinner plate
Photo #10 - Hotel Chalice
Photo #11 - KUSN radio advertisement
Photo #12 - Hotel Robidoux lobby
Photo #13 - motor entrance sign
Photo #14 - Terrace railing
Photo #15 - Main dining room
Photo #16 - Main dining room
Photo #17 - Hotel Robidoux Bar
Photo #18 - 06/14/1976 - hotel remains
Photo #19 - Hotel(R)- Noma Lights(L)
Photo #20 - Kitchen - circa 1918
Photo #21 - 1918 Billiard Room
Photo #22 - 1918 Ladies Waiting Room
Photo #23 - 1918 Tea Room
Photo #24 - Complimentary Needles
Photo #25 - Main lobby
Photo #26 - Typical Robidoux Hotel room
Photo #27 - 1941 Coffee Shop Menu (cover)
Photo #28 - 1941 Coffee Shop Menu (inside)
Photo #29 - 1910 water fountain
Photo #30 - April 17,1952 Lafayette banquet
Photo #31 - Hotel Robidoux bar room
Photo #32 - 1910 Billiards advertisement
Photo #33 - 1910 Postcard
Photo #34 - KUSN Record Hop ad
Photo #35 - Pony Express mixed menu
Photo #36 - Hotel Robidoux Coat of Arms
Photo #37 - Hotel Robidoux room #646 key
Photo #38 - Cup, Saucer & Room Key
Photo #39 - Gala Farewell Page 1
Photo #40 - Gala Farewell Page 2
Photo #41 - Gala Farewell Page 3
Photo #42 - Gala Farewell Page 4
Photo #43 - Gala Farewell Page 5
Photo #44 - 1940's Francis St Entrance
Photo #45 - 1911 Photo
Photo #46 - 1958 Christmas tree in lobby
Photo #47 - 1918 Robidoux Hotel lobby
Photo #48 - Crystal Ballroom
Photo #49 - Crystal Ballroom - another view
Photo #50 - Crystal Ballroom & dancers
Photo #51 - Circa 1950s
Photo #52 - Circa 1940s
Photo #53 - Hotel Robidoux implosion
Photo #54 - Hotel Robidoux advertisement
Photo #55 - Looking west from 5th & Francis
Photo #56 - 1910 bowling advertisement




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Circa Early 1900's
HOTEL RYAN
313-315 South 6th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal




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Circa 1885
HOTEL TRUCKENMILLER
109-113 North 3rd Street

Known to be in operation in 1885
The Board of Trade was located in this building




Circa 1895
HOTEL WELLINGTON
209 North 6th Street

Known to be in operation in 1895




Circa
HOTEL WHEELER
305 Jules Street

Known to be in operation in 1895






HOWARDS COURT MOTEL
UNKNOWN LOCATION




Circa 1881
HUTTON HOUSE
9th & Felix Streets




Ideal Motel1 Ideal Motel2

IDEAL MOTEL
Old US 36 Highway East

Located on old US 36 Highway (now US 6>
It had 2 room cottages
The buildings are still there but it is no longer a motel




Circa 1895
INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
830 South 8th Street

Known to be in operation in 1895




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Circa 1955
JESSE JAMES TOURIST COURTS
JESSE JAMES HOUSE
Belt Highway & Locust

Back in 1955, Jesse James House, Jesse James Motel and Jesse James Gas Station were all located on South Belt & Locust
The motel and service station were later torn down and the house was moved to 12th & Penn
The station eventually closed and Union Pharmacy was constructed on the site




Circa 1895
LINDELL HOTEL
1009 South 6th Street

Known to be in operation in 1895




LINDY HOTEL
520 Charles Street




Circa 1955
LORRAINE APARTMENTS
521 North 7th Street






Circa 1895
LYCEUM AUTO HOTEL
5th & Jule Street

The building no longer exists




MAC'S MOTEL
2119 Garfield Avenue




Circa 1955
MAPLEWOOD APARTMENTS
621 North 12th Street




Y BBQ & Motel1 Y BBQ & Motel2 Y BBQ & Motel3 Y BBQ & Motel4 Y BBQ & Motel5 Y BBQ & Motel6 Y BBQ & Motel7 Y BBQ & Motel8 Y BBQ & Motel9 Y BBQ & Motel10 Y BBQ & Motel11 Y BBQ & Motel12 13

Circa 1940
MARTIN'S "Y" MOTEL
3510 North 71 Highway (North Belt Highway)
All Razed in April 2016

The "Y" BBQ & Roadhouse sat on the town's outskirts, the junction of North 169 and 71 Highways
This is now one of the busiest intersections in the city and the area is really developing with a new shopping center, Lowes, Walmart, Sams Club, large movie complex, resturants and other retail businesses that opened in 2005 & 2006 (called The Shoppes)
The "Y" Motel restaurant housed several slot machines and had 10 cabins in back, which were called, tourist courts. Many of the cabins were still standing and were occupied by small businesses until 2016

On the south side, a filling station used to stand. The building burned down in 1939 or 1940

Across the highway, where the Mo Highway Patrol now stands, was the Thames Stadium, ball field and race track

The Ogden Restaurant was across the highway on the northeast corner, where St Joseph Tobacco now stands
During the summer of 2016, the entire "Y" Motel complex was razed
Construction of a small shopping center has begun, as seen in the last 3 photos




Circa 1955
McCAULEY APARTMENTS
508 North 9th Street




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MERTLAND APARTMENTS
208-210 North 8th Street

Photo #1 - Mertland Apartments, looking northwest from 8th Street
Photo #2 - Photo #2 - 1966 News-Press photo - Mertland Apartments fire
Photo #3 - 2014 Photo of the Mertland Apartments




Elms Motel

METTINGS MODERN CABINS
ELMS MOTEL
Old US 36 Highway

This motel was located 3 blocks east of Belt Highway (US 71) and US 36 Highway which is currently US 6 or Frederick Avenue
Photo submitted by Audrey & Larry Payne




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MICHEL MOTEL
TIK-TOK MOTEL
1414 South Belt Highway
(Belt & Renick)

The structure no longer exists




Circa 1859
MISSOURI HOTEL
3rd & Edmond Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

The Missouri Hotel was located on Edmond Street, near the corner of Market Sqare
The hotel had long ceased to be known as such
It became one of the endless stores which lined the street




Circa 1955
MOORE APARTMENTS
622 North 12th Street






Circa 1893
NICOLETTE HOTEL
107 North 6th Street





Circa 1955
NOEL APARTMENTS
1023 Edmond Street






NOYES PLACE APARTMENTS
312-316 North Noyes




1015 Faraon1 2 1015 Faraon3


Circa 1888
WYETH FLATS
OAK CENTER APARTMENTS
SAN REGIS APARTMENTS
1015-1031 Faraon

W.M. Wyeth, born Harrisburg, PA, in 1832 came to St. Joseph in 1859, the same year as the completion of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad.
With $5,000 in stock he commenced what would grow into the giant Wyeth Hardware Company.
In 1890, Wyeth built the "Wyeth Flats" at where 11th Street, Frederick Avenue and Faraon meet
This building was one of three which he built, one being the location of the St. Joseph Museum at 12th & Charles
View of Oak Center apartments at 1015 Faraon, now called the San Regis Apartments
Note the overhead trolley wires & 1930's vehicles




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Circa 1849
OCCIDENTAL HOTEL
Main & Jules Streets

Occidental Hotel was located on the northeast corner of Main and Jule Streets.
It was formerly styled as the City Hotel.
The building, which was of brick, was erected in 1846, by William Fowler, the pioneer Circuit and County Clerk of Buchanan County.
It is, considering the early date of its origin, spacious, containing thirty five rooms, many of which were of unusual size.
In 1881, it was still a popular and well patronized hotel.
This hotel was torn down in 1954 to make room for the new Meadow Gold Dairy
Photo #1 - 1954 Newspaper article - hotel destruction
Photo #2 - 1878 St Joseph Gazette advertisement




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Circa 1895
OTTEN'S EUROPEAN HOTEL
UNION DEPOT HOTEL & CAFE
ANDREWS HOTEL
1304 South 6th Street

Known to be in operation in 1895
Was located across the street from Union Depot
Was later called Union Depot Hotel & Cafe
In later years, it became the Andrews Hotel
Next door south was a pharmacy and barber shop
Photo #4 is a 1970's St Joseph Historical Society document on history of the Andrews Hotel




Metropole Hotel1 Metropole Hotel2 Metropole Hotel3 Metropole Hotel4 Metropole Hotel5 Metropole Hotel6 Metropole Hotel7 Metropole Hotel8 Metropole Hotel9 Metropole Hotel10 Metropole Hotel11

Circa 1859
PACIFIC HOUSE
METROPOLE HOTEL
218-224 North 3rd Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

The Pacific House was located on the corner of Third and Francis Streets
It was built in the winter of 1859 and 1860.
At that time, its principal front was on Francis Street.
Its cost was $120,000.
It was opened and kept for some time by Loundsberry.
Shackleford and Hughes soon after succeeded him in the propriertorship.
In 1865, William K. Richardson was keeping the house.
He was succeeded by James H. Bagwell, who continued to keep it till December 15, 1868
In 1868, it was totally destroyed by fire.
In the following summer, it was rebuilt, with its main front on Third Street
On February 14, 1870, it was opened by Garth, Gilkey & Abell.
Two years after, Garth retired from the partnership
Gilkey & Abell continued the business till the expiration of their lease in December, 1879
In 1879, the building was closed for repairs.
The sum of $10,000 was expended for this purpose.
April 1, 1880, Kitchen Bros. proprietors opened the best house ever kept in a building.
One of the city's oldest hotels and had 75 rooms
It later became the Metropole Hotel
A parking lot currently exists at this location

Photo #2 - 1920 photo
Photo #3 - 1905 photo
Photo #4 - Postcard
Photo #6 - 1938 newspaper photo
Photo #8 - 1901 postcard
Photo #9 - main lobby (gorgeous - look at the ceiling)
Photo #10 - Metropole Advertisement
Photo #11 - A very good photo of the Metropole




PANAMA HOTEL
609 Sylvanie Street




Patee Hall1 Patee Hall2 Patee Hall3 Patee Hall4 Patee Hall5 Patee Hall6 7 8 9



Circa 1858
PATEE HOUSE HOTEL
Circa 1865
PATEE FEMALE COLLEGE
Circa 1869
PATEE HOUSE HOTEL
Circa 1875
ST JOSEPH FEMALE COLLEGE
Circa 1882
WORLD'S HOTEL
Circa 1885
R.L. McDONALD SHIRT FACTORY
Circa 1933
SUN GARMENT FACTORY
Circa 1953
H.D. LEE COMPANY
Circa 1957
VACANT
Circa 1965
PATEE HOUSE MUSEUM
1202 Penn

John Patee opened his luxurious four-story brick hotel in 1858

It was built in 1858 as a luxury hotel

Patee House served as the Pony Express headquarters from 1860 to 1861

Pony Express operators Russell, Majors and Waddell had their main office here

The Pony Express riders stayed in the hotel

During the Civil War, the Union Army occupied the building

It was used as their Provost Marshal's office and holding war trials in the ballroom

When the Union Army took over the hotel, John Patee was backing the Confederacy

John Patee decided to sell the building in a nation-wide lottery

When 100 tickets came back unsold on April 28, 1865, Patee bought the 100 tickets himself and won back his own hotel

In 1882, it was called World's Hotel

Chronological History of the Museum
Patee Hotel 1858 - 1865
Patee Female College 1865 - 1868
Patee Hotel (again) 1869 - 1872
St. Joseph Female College 1875 - 1880
World's Hotel and Epileptic Sanitarium 1881 - 1883
R.L. McDonald Factory 1885 - 1933
Sun Garment Factory 1933 - 1953
H.D. Lee Co. 1953 - 1957
Vacant 1957 - 1963
Patee House Museum 1965 to present
Photo #1 submitted by Wheeler Schmidt




Circa 1955
PILCHER HOTEL
405 South 6th Street






Circa 1955
PLAZA APARTMENTS
1821 Clay Street




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PONY EXPRESS MOTOR INN
PONY EXPRESS MOTEL
Belt Highway & Frederick Avenue

Once a Best Western motel, in Oct/Nov 2006 it was torn down to make room for an upcoming strip mall/shopping center

It was located directly across from where Burger King now stands.

The Pony Express Restaurant & Captain's Lounge was in the furthest building up the hill. We stopped there for drinks on our wedding night, Sept 23, 1966

The 2 end photos show the Captain's Lounge and the Restaurant interiors




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RAMADA INN
4016 Frederick Avenue

The motel fell into despair, the motel and property was sold
The motel was razed in late 2016




Ranch House Motel1 Ranch House Motel2 Ranch House Motel3 Ranch House Motel4 Ranch House Motel5

RANCH HOUSE MOTEL
410 North Belt Highway





Circa 1955
RAVENWOOD APARTMENTS
423 North 5th Street




RED HORSE MOTEL & SERVICE STATION
US 71 & US 169 Highways




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ROCKET TRUCK STOP
5348 Lake Avenue

First Bank of Missouri now occupies this address
The Rocket Truck Stop no longer exists
In 1958, they had a great pinball machine




ROSEWELL HOTEL
901 Charles Street




1a 1 2 3 St. Charles Hotel gone4 St. Charles Hotel gone5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Circa 1880
ST CHARLES HOUSE
Circa 1899
ST CHARLES HOTEL
Circa 1937-1941
HOTEL MILNER
Circa 1941-2010
ST CHARLES HOTEL
ACME VENDING COMPANY
301 South 5th Street

In 1880, the hotel was originally named the St Charles House
Between 1880 and 1937, the hotel was renamed the St Charles Hotel
During a 5 year period from 1937-1941, the St. Charles Hotel
was renamed as HOTEL MILNER, see photo #6
Why it changed names for a brief period in late 1930's is unknown
After 1941, it was was renamed once again as the St. Charles Hotel
Even though it was closed, the St Charles Hotel was the last historic downtown hotel still standing in 2010
Some scenes in the Paper Moon movie were filmed here in the 1970's
The hotel sat closed and empty for many years
After sitting empty for many years, it was sold & torn down in 2010
ACME Vending company is currently occupying the address (photo #16)

Photo #1a - 1880 Newspaper Advertisement
Photo #1 - As it looked before being sold
Photo #2 - As it looked before being sold
Photo #3 - a 1911 postcard
Photo #4 - 2010 photo, ACME Vending
Photo #5 - larger photo of the #3
Photo #6 - Milner Hotel 1937-1941
Photo #7 - St Charles Hotel envelope
Photo #8 - Rear view of the hotel
Photo #9 - Front door
Photo #10 - Charles Street side
Photo #11 - Charles Street side
Photo #12 - Monogramed entranceway
Photo #13 - Demolition of the hotel
Photo #14 - Demolition of the hotel
Photo #15 - Demolition of the hotel
Photo #16 - Current company located at this address (ACME)
Photo #17 - Circa 1940's - note gas station across the street
Photo #18 - St Charles Hotel when closed and empty
Photo #19 - St Charles Hotel when closed and empty
Photo #20 - St Charles Hotel when closed and empty
Photo #21 - St Charles Hotel when closed and empty
Photo #22 - St Charles Hotel when closed and empty
Photo #23 - St Charles Hotel when closed and empty
Photo #24 - 1899 St Charles Hotel advertisement
Photo #6 submitted by Rick Stafford




6th Francis1 6th Francis2 St Francis Hotel3 St Francis Hotel4 St Francis Hotel5 St Francis Hotel6 St Francis Hotel7 St Francis Hotel8 St Francis Hotel9

Circa 1880
ST FRANCIS HOTEL
605 Francis

The St Francis Hotel, formerly the Heaton House, was opened October 1, 1880, by James Herson.
It was pleasantly located on the corner of Sixth and Francis Streets
It was a well kept and highly popular house.
An addition of 45x52 feet three and a half stories high was made.
This rendered the entire depth of the building at 120 feet.
The street car line turned at the corner near which this hotel stood
St Francis Hotel was originally located on the northeast corner of 6th & Francis, across the street from Townsend & Wall
It was torn down and a new Katz Drug Store was built in it's place
The Katz Drug Store later became Skaggs Drugs
Skaggs then moved to East Hills Shopping Center
I'm not sure what business is currently in the old Katz building
Skaggs closed their drug store at East Hills several years ago

Photo #1 - Very old photo of St Francis Hotel
Photo #2 - Postcard when St Francis Hotel was new
Photo #3 - Old Postcard showing hotel & lobby
Photo #4 - Circa 1915 The Dining Room
Photo #5 - Circa 1915 The Grill Room
Photo #6 - Circa 1953 Francis Street side of the hotel
Photo #7 - Circa 1961 News-Press article about Hotel St Francis
Photo #8 - Mid 1950's photo
Photo #9 - 1946 St Joseph News Press advertisement




Circa 1895
ST GEORGE HOTEL
Stockyards Area

Known to be in operation in 1895




Circa 1895
ST JAMES HOTEL
215 Francis Street

Known to be in operation in 1895




St Jo Motel1 St Jo Motel2

Circa 1955
ST JO MOTEL
Belt Highway
1 Block South of Frederick Avenue

Mr & Mrs Robert L Smith




ST JOE HOTEL
518 South 6th Street




Circa 1895
ST JOSEPH HOTEL
309 North 10th Street

Known to be in operation in 1895




Circa 1858
SAUNDERS HOUSE
3rd Street

Among the more prominent of the early settlers of St. Joseph was John Saunders, Sr.
Mr. Saunders was born in Richmond Virginia, Oct. 10,1797.
In 1843 he settled in St. Joseph, which he continued to make his home up to the period of his death
His death occurred on October 10,1870, on his seventy third birthday.
In 1850, he built for a residence, what is now a portion of a large brick building known as the Saunders House on Third Street.
It was at one time occupied by a school.
In 1858, an extensive additon was made to the building and it was opened by the proprietor as a hotel.
Richard and John Saunders, Jr.sons of the builder and owner of this house, who were then living in Nodaway County, Missouri, came down to St. Joseph in 1862 and bought out their father.
They continued to keep a highly popular house here till April 1877, when they sold to Moore & Stall.
In September, 1880, Mr. Moore died and the house was conducted in a highly popular style by C.G. Stall.




Circa 1900
SAVOY HOTEL
421 South 6th Street




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Circa 1936
SAXTON HOTEL
HARLEM HOTEL
215 Francis Street

In 1936, this was the Saxton Hotel. It would later become the Harlem Hotel
The hotel had a restaurant and a bar. It was located at 215 Francis
St Joseph Paper Box purchased the building and had it torn down






SHADY LAWN TOURIST PARK
Old US 36 Highway




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SHAMROCK MOTEL
3301 North Belt Highway




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SHANGRILA MOTEL
RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
North Belt Highway

The Shangrila Motel was a unique looking motel that was located just south of the Belt Drive-in theater on US Highway 71
The motel had a excellent restaurant and a lounge with a dance floor
It was managed by Ted & Joan Bolton who also lived at the motel
The vintage photo #5 shows the location of the motel in reference to Cool Crest
When photo #5 was taken, everything was on the outskirts of St Joseph on US 71
It would be interesting to know when US 71 also became known as the Belt Highway
Photo #1 is newer as it has a swimming pool, #7 does not
Photo #7 submitted by Michael Miller

Photo #1 - Business card
Photo #2 - Postcard
Photo #3 - Telephone book listing
Photo #4 - Bar of furnished soap in a motel room
Photo #5 - Aerial photo showing location to Highway 71
Photo #6 - Advertisement card
Photo #7 - Older Business Card
Photo #8 - 1961 St Joseph News-Press advertisement




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SHERATON INN
102 South 3rd

Later to be replaced with the Holiday Inn
Photo #2 - 1985 newspaper advertisement




Circa 1955
SHERMAN APARTMENTS
616 North 6th Street






SKYLINE MOTEL
Elwood, KS






Circa 1926
STAR COTTAGE
22nd & Garfield

Photo: circa 1926




Circa 1955
THOMPSON APARTMENTS
1013 Angelique Street




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TRANSIT HOUSE
416 Illinois Avenue




TRAVELER'S MOTEL
404 South Belt Highway




TURNER'S MOTEL
RFD 1
(Old US 36 Highway)




Circa 1955
ULMER APARTMENTS
1021 Edmond Street



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UNION DEPOT HOTEL
1304-1308 South 6th

A block of businesses that are mostly gone now
Union Depot Hotel with a cafe, Lou J Meyers saloon and a pharmacy
A horse can be seen in front of the unknown building at the left end




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Circa 1890
VICTORIA HOTEL
POMRANTZ MEN'S CLOTHING
622-624 South 6th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal






Circa 1975
WESLEY SENIOR TOWER APARTMENTS
10th & Francis Streets




WILLARD HOTEL
216 ½ North 6th Street




WOODLAND HOTEL
226 North 3rd Street




1 Woodland Court Motel2

WOODLAND COURT MOTEL
2 miles east of Jct 71 & old US 36

Formerly Pendletons Cabins




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