John J. Abell, Jr. came to St Joseph in 1854 when St Joseph's population was about 1500 people.
He started a boarding house on Jule Street, afterwards buying and operating the Planter's House on
the corner of Main and Francis Street. |
After several years, he sold the Planter's House entered into a company called The Pacific Hotel Company
which had built the old Pacific House hotel on 3rd Street, between Felix and Francis Streets around 1859.
For 15 years after it was formally opened. Mr Abell was in charge of the hotel as proprietor
During all these years, it maintained a good reputation and was considered one of the best hotels
in the West. After a time, Mr Abell sold the hotel
It was reopened and kept open for some time by Loundsberry
Shackleford and Hughes soon after succeeded him in the proprietorship
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 once again 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
The Hotel was renamed to the Bacon House Hotel in 1889
Enos E Bacon, was the proprietor of the Bacon House Hotel
Mr Bacon operated the hotel from 1889 until his death in 1895
It later became the Metropole Hotel
It then later became the Woodland Hotel and later the Jesse James Hotel
In 1945, the Pioneer room was added to the Jesse James Hotel
The hotel was located at 218-224 North 3rd Street
(3rd & Jules)
The building was demolished in 1972 in order to make another parking lot for Wyeth Company
A parking lot currently exists at this location