Aberdeen Daily News
Aberdeen, South Dakota, Thursday, February 13, 1913
DEPOT HOTEL AT HURON BURNED TO GROUND
Old Historical Landmark of Pioneer Days
is Totally Destroyed Today
NEW BUILDING NOW CERTAINTY
People of Huron Had Been Wanting New
Northwestern Passenger Station for Long Time - Loss About
$30,000 - Insurance Expired at Noon
Dec. 13 - Fire this noon destroyed
the old Depot hotel, the Chicago & Northwestern depot, baggage
rooms, etc., causing a loss approximated at from $25,000 to
$30,000 partly covered by insurance. The fire started about
11:20 this forenoon near the heating plant, and for a time it
was feared that the flames would spread to adjoining buildings,
but by 12:20 the first was under control, although the entire
building was hopelessly damaged.
The residents of Huron have been anxious
to have a new passenger station here, and the Chicago &
Northwestern road has made countless promises to rebuild.
The new passenger station now seems a certainty.
The main part of the building was an old
historic landmark, having been erected by the Northwestern in
the early territorial days when the road first entered this
city. It has been enlarged at several times by the addition of a
second story and wings, but the old building remained intact
until laid low by the fire today. It figured quite prominently
during the capital fight days.
There is a rumor current on the streets
here to the effect that Manager Holbrook's insurance expired at
noon today, but nothing suspicious is attached to the rumor, as
the hotel was too good a money maker for any one connected with
it to be implicated in its destruction.