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Laurel in the Pines: 1901

Laurel in the Pines: 1901

Lakewood, New Jersey, circa 1901. "Laurel in the Pines." This winter resort hotel on Lake Carasaljo, which opened in 1891, was leveled by fire in 1967. Composite of two 8x10 inch glass negatives by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

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"I Smell Burning"

I was a kid, sleeping in a tot cot outside my parents' room, our first night at this grand and imposing hotel. I awoke in the night, and called out sleepily: "Mommy, I smell burning". Trusting my sense of smell (that was the best part!), they collected my sister and me and scrammed the heck out of there; our safe little family had a long drive home in the dark.

Two things

1. Here's a photo of the fire, and some more background on the resort.
2. And a menu for dinner at the hotel from 1892.

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What an amazing piece of architecture. I can only imagine how fantastic a nice long stay would be.

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