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PostSubject: 1880s Western Hotel in California   Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:05 pm

Went on a little jaunt to Los Alamos California and stayed at the Union Hotel, which is a neat old western hotel to visit if you get the chance. Built in 1880, it has had some changes over the years but the room we stayed in was original-down to the wallpaper.



Upstairs lounge

Downstairs lobby with saloon adjoining. The saloon was closed the morning the pictures were taken so no photo of it, but it was a traditional western saloon-narrow and long with a billiard room at the end.

La Parisima mission is nearby(and near Lompoc). The mission was in ruins, but restored in the 1930s  and I think is the only California mission that has the entire 'workings' of a mission restored as well so you can see how the missions functioned: gardens, livestock area, soldiers quarters, ovens, weaving room with working looms, etc. The docents dress in period costume on special event days and demonstrate the baking, weaving etc.
The  mission kept a blacksmith and a master weaver(the two highest 'ranking' Spanish civilians), and a docent told us that the records showed that they received supplies of chocolate for themselves and their families as a perk for working there!

It's a great place to visit. (Solvang is nearby as well).

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PostSubject: Re: 1880s Western Hotel in California   Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:19 am

Looks lovely and really interesting BJ. Thank you for the heads up.
I am bookmarking it for any future trips out west :)

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PostSubject: Re: 1880s Western Hotel in California   Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:02 am


These pics make me want to visit! I have no idea where any of the towns you mentioned are located but maybe one day I'll get there. sm Thanks for posting, BJ!

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PostSubject: Re: 1880s Western Hotel in California   Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:05 pm

I'd like to visit, too! Thanks for posting the pictures. It looks like a terrific place to visit.

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PostSubject: Re: 1880s Western Hotel in California   Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:46 am

Love the pics! Thank you for sharing. Looks like a very enjoyable place to visit. applause

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PostSubject: Re: 1880s Western Hotel in California   Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:49 pm

What an interesting hotel! Is the town of Los Alamos old western, too, like Columbia was? Think I'd pay the extra $20 for a private bathroom.

Thanks for sharing!

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PostSubject: Re: 1880s Western Hotel in California   Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:03 pm

It's not an old west town like Columbia. It has a short main street with some oldish buildings on it used for restaurants, but not a lot of history. That's why we drove to the mission. However, there are some lovely scenic areas around.

Here's the private bath for you, Penski Very Happy :

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PostSubject: Re: 1880s Western Hotel in California   Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:08 am

Looks wonderful!
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