“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Site of Skeels Hotel

1925 – 1995

Site of Skeels Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2011
1. Site of Skeels Hotel Marker
Inscription. On this site stood the Skeels Hotel, which was owned and operated by Harry and Cynthia Skeels as a hotel and restaurant from 1925 to 1948.

The original building was altered in 1938 to accommodate the widening of Monterey Highway by 30 feet. From 1948 to 1992 the building was used for retail businesses on the ground floor and apartments on the second floor.

Among early visitors to the hotel were the Crown Prince and Princess of Sweden who visited on their way to the dedication of the Sveadal Summer Resort in Uvas Canyon and Clement C. Young, Governor of California, while on a campaign tour.

Cousins of the Skeels family, who are the only members still residing in the community, have may fond memories of visiting Harry, Cynthia and their pet parrot, “Polly”, at the restaurant and hotel.

The Morgan Hill Historical Society was instrumental in retaining the original flag pole which has been placed on the roof of the new building.
Erected by Morgan Hill Historical Society.
Location. 37° 7.771′ N, 121° 39.17′ W. Marker is in Morgan Hill, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of Monterey Road (California Route 82) and 3rd Steet on Monterey
Site of Skeels Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2011
2. Site of Skeels Hotel Marker
Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17305 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill CA 95037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Votaw Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Granary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waiting For The Train (about 700 feet away); Morgan Hill United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Page House (approx. mile away); [Morgan Hill] Centennial Project (approx. 0.4 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of 21-Mile House (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgan Hill.
Regarding Site of Skeels Hotel. The Skeels Hotel was a decrepit residential hotel on Monterey Road in Downtown Morgan Hill. The initial concept was to retain the building and remodel it, but this proved to be too difficult and expensive. A new building was constructed which was made possible by the Morgan Hill Redevelopment Agency.
Also see . . .  Morgan Hill Entertained Swedish Crown Prince and Princess in 1926. A Morgan Hill Times article by Martin Cheek, remembering the visit to Morgan Hill by the Swedish Crown Prince and Princess. (Submitted on August 20, 2011.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 475 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the flagpole from the original building. • Historic photo of the original hotel building. • Can you help?
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