The Commerical Hotel

The Commerical Hotel (HM10F6)

Location: Randsburg, CA 93554 Kern County
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N 35° 22.092', W 117° 39.319'

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My Place Dance Hall / Orpheum Theater

— 1895 Centennial 1995 —

The Commercial Hotel
The mining boom of 1922 created a demand for more hotels. To help fill this demand Mrs. Artibe had the Commercial Hotel built in 1922. The lumber for this hotel was finished by the Johannesburg Lumber Company.
My Place Dance Hall
From 1903 to 1907 Marguerite Roberts ran a "House of Ill Repute", on or about this location, called the "My Place Dance Hall". Several trade tokens from the dance hall and the "Orpheum Theater" have been found around the small buildings called "cribs" located directly behind this building. The "goody two shoe" type tried repeatedly to shut down this house but Marguerite was able to keep it open until her death in 1907. Marguerite is buried in the local cemetery.
Orpheum Theater
Joe Petrich originally opened the "Orpheum Theater" in 1897. The Orpheum was the center of entertainment in town for the miner's. Stage plays, dance hall girls, ladies of the evening, and a gymnasium in the basement were just some of the offerings of the establishment. Roberta Starry states in her book, Desert Bonanza, the "According to an Old Timer", In 1899 the Orpheum Theater, or Woodward's Dance Hall, was at its best. Each night there was the brass band in front to render the opening noise. Bass drum and horn, cornet and trombone." Joe Woodward ran the Orpheum from 1899 until it burnt down in the "Fire of 1903".
HM NumberHM10F6
Year Placed1995
Placed ByRandsburg Desert Museum
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 3:52am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 440469 N 3914073
Decimal Degrees35.36820000, -117.65531667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 22.092', W 117° 39.319'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 22' 5.52" N, 117° 39' 19.14" W
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Area Code(s)760
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 159-161 Butte Ave, Randsburg CA 93554, US
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