Castle Hotel Registration Books, 1890-1891  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Castle Hotel (Castle Town, Mont.)
Title
Castle Hotel Registration Books
Dates
1890-1891
Quantity
2 volumes
Collection Number
Collection 0031, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Castle Hotel Registration Books list the name, hometown, and room number assigned for each guest at the establishment from 1890 to 1891. The registration pages are interleaved with printed blotter advertisements for Helena, Montana businesses.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Mining claims near Castle Mountain in Meagher County, Montana, date back as far as 1884, but it was closer to the end of the decade when the lead and silver deposits of the area began to be actively worked. The mining camp of Castle began to attract residents near the end of 1888, and by 1890 the population of the town was recorded at 383. By that time Castle had at least ten saloons, several stores, a newspaper, and two hotels. The Castle Hotel, operated by the firm of Reed and Williams, fronted the main street and claimed the best accommodations in the town. The town of Castle went into rapid decline after 1893 when financial turmoil in the United States economy made the ore too expensive to process and ship. By 1898 a Meagher County directory listed no hotels operating in Castle and only a few businesses. Although technological advances allowed for more profitable mining by the turn of the century, Castle continued to decline until 1936 when the last two residents left and it became a ghost town.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The registration books from the Castle Hotel list the name, hometown, and room number assigned for each guest at the establishment from July 12 to September 13, 1890 and from January 8 to May 27, 1891. The registration pages are interleaved with printed blotter advertisements for Helena, Montana businesses. The second volume, which is actually a poor photocopy, has been supplemented with penned annotations to highlight the information that did not copy legibly.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Business enterprises-Montana-Helena
  • Hotels-Montana-Castle Town
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Advertisements-Montana-Helena