Lobby of the "NEW" Milligan Hotel
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Posted by David Schott (+14799) 2 months ago
Thanks to Gary Coffrin for sending this to me. The post card was postmarked November 7, 1934.





Addressed to Mrs Elizabeth Johnson, 1302 Lowry Ave. No., Minneapolis, Minn. (1302 Lowry Ave No. is a vacant lot in the June 2019 Google Streets view).

The message reads:

Dear Mother - We
arrived here safely at 530
Mountain time or 630 our time.
Went up to send a night letter
+ they held us up for 4 words so we canceled
it because they wouldn't send it
until to-morrow unless we paid
an extra quarter + you'll get the
card nearly as soon. Have seen
many interesting sights. Love from us all.
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Posted by Fred South (+160) 2 months ago
That brings back memories. I was a bellhop there in the early 1950s. On the left, after entering the door, was the Western Union Office. On the right was the office of an oil company. Spent many hours carrying luggage up to the first or second floor. There was no elevator. Also was a bellhop at the Miles-Howard.

A room for two at the Milligan was $3.75, $5.50 with bath. At the Miles Howard, across the street, it was $4 and $6.

While there I met Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana and Gene Autry (not a pleasant fellow).

Fred South
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+10047) 2 months ago
I have been told by more than one person that Mr. Autry drank heavily during his visits to Miles City. Broke more than one child fan's little heart to actually meet his hero and find him so drunk they had to tie him onto the saddle.
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Posted by David Schott (+14799) 2 months ago
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According to one inflation calculator $3.75 in 1952 would be equivalent to $36.63 in 2019. Good luck finding a hotel room in Miles City for $36.63 but at least you should get a private bathroom.
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Posted by Dave Roberts (+1331) 2 months ago
I won this one. I'll post higher resolution scans here once it arrives
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