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A bus and line of taxis operated by Harry Rhea wait in front of the Colonial Hotel in 1923. The bus made two trips to Aledo daily and the taxis were kept busy carrying hotel patrons to and from the CB&Q station.

1904 fire prompted Monmouth leaders to pursue modern hotel

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Capitalist J. Howard Pattee in 1904 offered to foot the bill for a 60-room hotel near his opera house on South Main Street, if the city would donate the lot. For unknown reasons, his vision never materialized.
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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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