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Randsburg in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Commerical Hotel

My Place Dance Hall / Orpheum Theater

 

—1895 Centennial 1995 —

 
The Commerical Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 6, 2011
1. The Commerical Hotel Marker
Inscription.
The Commercial Hotel
The mining boom of 1922 created a demand for more hotels. To help fill this demand Mrs. Artibe had the Commercial Hotel built in 1922. The lumber for this hotel was finished by the Johannesburg Lumber Company.
My Place Dance Hall
From 1903 to 1907 Marguerite Roberts ran a “House of Ill Repute”, on or about this location, called the “My Place Dance Hall”. Several trade tokens from the dance hall and the “Orpheum Theater” have been found around the small buildings called “cribs” located directly behind this building. The “goody two shoe” type tried repeatedly to shut down this house but Marguerite was able to keep it open until her death in 1907. Marguerite is buried in the local cemetery.
Orpheum Theater
Joe Petrich originally opened the “Orpheum Theater” in 1897. The Orpheum was the center of entertainment in town for the miner’s. Stage plays, dance hall girls, ladies of the evening, and a gymnasium in the basement were just some of the offerings of the establishment. Roberta Starry states in her book, Desert Bonanza, the “According to an Old Timer”, In 1899 the Orpheum Theater, or Woodward’s Dance Hall, was at its best. Each night there was the
The Commerical Hotel Marker to the right of the door image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 6, 2011
2. The Commerical Hotel Marker to the right of the door
brass band in front to render the opening noise. Bass drum and horn, cornet and trombone.” Joe Woodward ran the Orpheum from 1899 until it burnt down in the “Fire of 1903”.
 
Erected 1995 by Randsburg Desert Museum.
 
Location. 35° 22.092′ N, 117° 39.319′ W. Marker is in Randsburg, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Butte Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 166 Butte Avenue, Randsburg CA 93554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rand Mining District (a few steps from this marker); The Joint (within shouting distance of this marker); Randsburg Drug Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whitehouse Saloon (about 300 feet away); D.T. Jones - Dry Goods (about 300 feet away); Randsburg, California (about 500 feet away); The Baltic Mine Project (approx. 1.8 miles away); Historic Randsburg (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Randsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Marguerite Roberts Grave Site - Find-A-Grave. (Submitted on March 30, 2012.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce
 
Old Mining Cart image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 6, 2011
3. Old Mining Cart
Various antiques in front of The Ransburg Inn image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 6, 2011
4. Various antiques in front of The Ransburg Inn
Randsburg Inn image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 6, 2011
5. Randsburg Inn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 444 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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