Other 1901 Costs
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
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.