Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Flames Raze Historic Old Clyde Hotel

Flames Raze Historic Old Clyde Hotel
Oakland Tribune March 12, 1964

Clyde - The Clyde Hotel, an irreplaceablepart of Contra Costa County's history, burned to the ground early today

A one-time mansion that fell into disrepair with the passing years, the three story, wooden structure came to an end as spectacular as its past.

Flames broke out at 1 A.M. and half the huge building was engulfed by the time firemen arrived. Residents for miles around could see the glow of the blaze.

Fifty firemen battled the fire until dawn.

An arson investigation was launched because three youths were found in the building earlier.

the well known landmark, just east (?) of Concord, was built during World War 1 to house Port Chicago shipyard workers. Its first floor was finished in solid redwood and decorated with electrical fixtures that were replicas of California Poppies.

The current owner, Mrs. Eunice VanWinkle of 880 Bay View Ave., Port Chicago, was unable to estimate the value of the structure, which cost $250,00 to erect in 1917.

The 176-room building had been abandoned and reopened from time to time. At one time it served as a government hospital, at another time it was a training center for wayward boys, at another it housed the Civilian Conservation Corps of the depression years.

It also served as a social center for town meetings and parties, and marathon dances were held in its spacious lobby, when the fad was in vogue.

The Caretaker, Mrs. Lillian Evans, (end of copy)

5 Comments:

At Friday, July 30, 2010 at 11:55:00 PM PDT, Blogger yvonne.baird said...

What no comments? Guess this just wasn't as appealing as the others.
Yvonne Baird

 
At Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 10:19:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fire wasn't in 1964 - more like '65 or '66.

 
At Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire was 68 or 69. The firemen set up a water cannon mounted on a huge tripod and when they tried to use it muddy water and debrie would come out and pressure was lost. The water pipes in town were so old they couldnt handle it. These youths on drugs were inside before hand and set an old wire on fire with a candle and started the fire. This was a really cool haunted hotel. I grew up in there as a kid

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:30:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never new until now so so sad

 
At Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 5:03:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My grandparents Luke and Lillian Evans were the caretakers at the time.

 

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