Commercial Hotel / C.W. Derby Hotel

3rd & D, south side

Derby Hotel, 1904

The C.W. Derby Hotel was located on the south side of D Street between Third and Fourth Streets, on the west side of the alley. The Derby Hotel was almost destroyed by fire in January 1908. A new hotel was built, which was later purchased by George Wanser, changing the name to the Wanser Hotel. Originally the hotel had kerosene lamps, bowls and pitchers in the rooms, and one bathroom to accommodate the guests. Electric lights were later installed. Adelaide Wanser-Vadala later converted the building into a tea and party room. Dr. Ben Manning purchased the property in 1937. The hotel was eventually razed to make room for a skating rink, which later became a bowling alley.

Derby Hotel, 1904. Henningsen Foods, 2023.

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Downtown scene, 1934.
Looking east from around 2nd Street towards the downtown square, 1934.

In the photograph above, the Derby Hotel was in the building that you see on the left with the sign, “Taddy’s Tavern”.

Roller skating rink, 1954.
Skate-Time Roller Rink was built just west of the location of the Derby Hotel — 1954.
Interior of the Skate-Time Roller Rink, 1954.
Interior of the Skate-Time Roller Rink — 1954.
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