Great Catskill Hotel Destroyed

Great Catskill Hotel Destroyed

With no facilities to check the progress of the flames, the Hotel Kaaterskill, on Kaaterskill Mountain, in the Catskills, one the largest and best known hostelries of New York State mountain resorts, was burned to the ground on September 8. The fire started about 7 o’clock in the evening in the kitchen, where some of the employes were making soft soap, and swept quickly through the first story of the rambling five-story structure and was beyond control within half an hour although it did not reach its height until after nightfall.

Calls were sent in for fire companies within a radius of twenty miles, but within half an hour after the fire took hold nothing could have been done to check its progress. The heat and driving sparks and embers ignited the annex to the hotel together with seven small buildings, which clustered about the main structure, and one by one they went the way of the hotel.

The resort had closed on Labor Day after enjoying a prosperous season and at the time of the fire was occupied only by employes who were busy getting the place in shape for the winter months. The loss was estimated at about $300,000.

An interesting story as to the hotel’s origin is told, which has passed into a tradition of the neighborhood. According to this tale George Harding, a wealthy Philadelphia patent lawyer, was in the mountains in the year 1881 with his wife, who had been seriously ill. One morning his wife requested fried chicken for breakfast. The management of the hotel stated that it would be impossible to supply her wants as they only served chicken at the evening meals. Harding could not understand why this should be and one word led to another until finally -the manager told the Iawer that if he wanted to have chicken for breakfast he ought to build a resort of his own. Harding thereupon packed up and moved on, saying he would return and build a hotel where chicken would be served on demand. He did return, and in the year 1882 erected the large mountain house, which he named the Hotel Kaaterskill.

Ruins of Hotel Kaaterskill in Catskill Mountains, New York

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