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Pan-American Lodging

Where to "put up" all the millions of visitors who were expected to pour into Buffalo during the Exposition's duration was a hot topic and one which touched the average homeowner deeply. If you were planning to visit the Exposition and needed overnight accomodations, you would find

  • Hotel rates ranging from pre-Exposition prices to much higher. If you wanted a reasonable rates for you and your five friends at a local hotel and wrote to several in advance, you would be offered rates based on housing all six of you in one room. And that might be acceptable to you!

  • Many, many homeowners purchased bedding and new furniture for their spare rooms or re-arranged family sleeping quarters for the duration in anticipation of the extra income of $1.00 - $1.50 ($19.95 - $29.93). Others, without rooms to spare, simply put a bed in the front parlor.

  • A local law prohibited lodging solicititations at the train depots. That chafed homeowners all summer as they accused railroad conductors of recommending rooms to passengers on the trains, among other schemes, while the homeowners' visions of profit gathered dust on the new bed purchased on the time payment plan.

  • Numerous agencies, both for-profit and free, that would provide you with addresses of homes and boarding houses with space available to shelter you during your visit.

Like trips in 2001, how much you paid for lodging in Buffalo during the summer of 1901 depended on your planning and the size of your budget. Presented here are listings of lodgings and their rates, articles about room rates, information bureaus, and the voices of homeowners with rooms to let.


Pan-American Lodging Listings Memories of a Family Renting the Parlor
Hotel Rates Will Not Be Exhorbitant - (NEWS 4/2/1901) Frightening Night in a Tent