If you made your way to Eatonville in its first years, you would be staying at the Pioneer Hotel. Paul Haynes built the hotel for Frank Groe in 1892 on the southern corner of Mashell Avenue and Groe Street. It looks pretty primitive, but someone still managed to carry in a camera to get this shot.
Later on it became the Hotel Groe and even served as the first church in 1912. Like most buildings of its time, it eventually burned.
On a completely different note — and I’m aware this is a girl talking — how did the woman in this picture keep her apron so white? I can’t keep my own clothes that clean in the kitchen.
*Note: Read comment below about the water system in the picture.
Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.
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