Ebensburg in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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
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 this topic list: Notable Buildings.
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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cambria County (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Loretto (approx. 4.6 miles away); Charles M. Schwab (approx. 5 miles away); Rev Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin (approx. 5.2 miles Demetrius Gallitzin (approx. 5.2 miles away); John Brophy (approx. 6 miles away); Dr. Lawrence F. Flick (approx. 6.9 miles away); Ku Klux Klan Riot (approx. 6.9 miles away).
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