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Ebensburg in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Penn-Eben Hotel

 
 
Penn-Eben Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
1. Penn-Eben Hotel Marker
Inscription.
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 originaly 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 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
Penn-Eben Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
2. Penn-Eben Hotel Marker
Looking north across High Street
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
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in Penn Eben Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West High Street, Ebensburg PA 15931, United States of America.
 
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 away); 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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Penn-Eben Hotel Lounge Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Penn-Eben Hotel Lounge Photo on Marker
Penn-Eben Hotel Dining Room Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
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4. Penn-Eben Hotel Dining Room Photo on Marker
Penn-Eben Hotel Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
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5. Penn-Eben Hotel Photo on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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