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Penn-Eben Hotel

 
 
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Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
1. Penn-Eben Hotel Marker
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The three-story red brick Penn-Eben Hotel was the finest example of a "salesman" hotel within the Borough of Ebensburg. With the introduction of the automobile and improved highways, Ebensburg gradually became a point of passage rather than a final destination. Built by Mr. T.V. Hott in 1913, it originally was named the Exchange Hotel. In 1934, the Hott family sold the 37-room building to Elmer Daily, who renamed it Penn-Eben.

Prior to the Penn-Eben, Ebensburg boasted dozens of resort hotels which catered to those seeking its cool mountain breezes and refreshing spring water. A guest might stay a week or an entire summer season. Among these notable hotels were the Belmont, Lloyd Springs and the Ebensburg Inn.

Mr. Daily was well known for his role as president of the Middle Atlantic Baseball League, which becomes evident in the list of the hotel's famous guests. Among some of numerous baseball players were Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Tommy Heinrich and Lefty Grove. Other guests included the Harlem Globe Trotters, Fritzie Zivic (boxer) and actor Lou Ayers.

To staff the hotel, Mr. Daily employed six waitresses, a French
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Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
2. Penn-Eben Hotel Marker
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chef, two laundresses, bellhops, maids and janitors. The interior of the hotel featured oak; the bar was a mahogany masterpiece and two of the suites were appointed in bird's-eye maple. The dining room seated sixty and the bar in the Tap Room had a running water trough beneath the brass foot rail. The basement housed a fully equipped laundry and barbershop.

The famous Penn-Eben Hotel, host to salesmen, dignitaries, sports figures, movie stars and dance bands alke, closed its doors in 1969. The building was razed in 1985.

Dave Huber, Historic Ebensburg, Vol. II
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
 
Location. 40° 29.117′ N, 78° 43.612′ W. Marker is in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street and Julian Street, on the right when traveling west on High Street. Marker is in Penn Eben Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West High Street, Ebensburg PA 15931, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ebensburg Historic District (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kimball Park (about 600 feet away); Cambria County (about 700 feet away); The Noon-Collins House and the YMCA Building of Ebensburg
Penn-Eben Hotel Lounge Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, undated
3. Penn-Eben Hotel Lounge Photo on Marker
(about 700 feet away); Veterans Park of Cambria County (about 700 feet away); This Tablet Marks the Site (approx. Ύ mile away); Loretto (approx. 4.6 miles away); Charles M. Schwab (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ebensburg.
 
Penn-Eben Hotel Dining Room Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, undated
4. Penn-Eben Hotel Dining Room Photo on Marker
Penn-Eben Hotel Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, undated
5. Penn-Eben Hotel Photo on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 912 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on February 23, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 12, 2022