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The Colonial: 1901

The Colonial: 1901

Circa 1901. "In the gardens -- Colonial Hotel, Nassau, Bahamas." Built by Henry M. Flagler on the site of Fort Nassau, the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1922. Its current incarnation is the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, owned by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation. 5x7 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Rabbit hole alert

One of the owners of the follow-on hotel, the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, was Harry Oakes. If you have an hour or four, search out his story. He was a gold miner turned tycoon that owned a big chunk of the Bahamas. He was also murdered in Nassau in 1943, and the murder has never been solved.

The Burn File

It's been far too long since our last entry in the Hotels Which Burned To the Ground series. Beauties, every one of them, and this is certainly a worthy addition.

What has captured the gardener's attention, I wonder. He's just to the right of the "Bicycles" sign.

Does anyone know the name of the wheeled chair behind the three men, just in front of the stairs? It looks as if it might be the kind which could be guided by its occupant, using a center control bar.

[Not quite. - Dave]

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