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Riverside Hotel & Knights of Pythias

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, July 17, 2020
1. Riverside Hotel & Knights of Pythias Marker
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Charles Liston, the town constable, was behind the bar of the Collier Hotel (now the Riverside Hotel) when rowdy drifter Lupton Frantz came in looking for Mr. Collier. Constable Liston thought he was reaching for a gun, so he shot him. The severely injured Frantz was taken to Dr. Mason's office and then put on the train to Dr. Whites office in Confluence, where the Dr. said, "Lup, you are going to die. This wound is fatal and operation or not you had better prepare for the end." A year after the shooting Charles Liston hung himself out of remorse for shooting Frantz.

Local legend says that the long abandoned hotel harbored blood stained walls and ghostly spirits. Kids frightened by their parents stories were harbored blood stained alls and ghostly spirits. Kids frightened by their parents stories were afraid to peek inside the spooky abandoned building and would run by on their way to church.

Records mentioning the Riverside Hotel first appear in 1890, although based on features and add-ons, the 2003 renovators of the hotel, Michael Palencar and Agnes Lichtner, estimated it was built in the 1860-70's. (Obstacles were
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By Devry Becker Jones, July 17, 2020
2. Riverside Hotel & Knights of Pythias Marker
overcome during the restoration including the resident haunting spirits and the hotel finally returned to its former glory.)

The Knights of Pythias fraternal organization and secret society built the building that is now the Water Street Cafe in the late 1800's and used it as their meeting place for many years. The ideals of loyalty, honor, and friendship are at the center of the orders philosophy and are inspired by the Greek legend of Damon and Pythias. The Friendsville High School Boys Basketball Team used the open-space upstairs as a practice gym in the early 1900's.

Water Street was the first area to develop in the early to mid 1800's.
 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area Authority. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceLaw EnforcementScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Friendsville History Tour series list.
 
Location. 39° 39.805′ N, 79° 24.473′ W. Marker is in Friendsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on Water Street just south of Maple Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 639 Water St, Friendsville MD 21531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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within walking distance of this marker. Friendsville Commerce, Custer's and Ryland's Stores (within shouting distance of this marker); The Legend of Johnny Friend (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Street North, Captain Elijah Monroe Friend (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morris Avenue and Maple Street (about 400 feet away); The Lost Settlement of Kendall (about 500 feet away); The Railroad Era and Hotels (about 600 feet away); Friendsville Honor Roll (about 600 feet away); First National Bank, Leslie Friend Store & Military Honors (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Friendsville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Feb. 25, 2021