Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hotel Richard / Riverside Inn

A few words about Hotel Richard in Covington, from an advertising booklet published in 1905... 

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Text from the above 1905 publication:

Hotel Richard is a suburban home, one of the substantial, homelike hostelries. It is located within a stone's throw of the historic Bogue Falaya River, whose convolutions are most attractive to visitors. The arrangement of the house permits of certain sections being reserved for those who desire absolute rest and seclusion, removed from all noise and excitement; while those anxious to mingle with the gayeties are equally provided for. The building has a southern exposure, and the rooms are large, light and well ventilated to insure cool breezes during the hours of sleep. (Sleep, "restful sleep" the genuine article - is to be had here.)

The water supply is pure and abundant, being furnished by artesian and deep drilled wells. It is as clear as crystal, thoroughly wholesome and free from all danger of surface contamination. Those who appreciate the danger of a polluted water supply need not feel a moment's anxiety as to this point while at the "Richard."

The cuisine and service is the acme of perfection. The hotel is supplied daily with the best and freshest the market affords. 

It was later called Riverside Inn. Here is a description of that facility...
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Text from the above 1910 publication

Riverside Inn overlooking the famous and historic Bogue Falaya River and located just ten minutes drive from the depot, is an ideal resort for those desiring absolute rest and recreation, removed from all the noise and excitement while those anxious to indulge in the gayeties are equally well provided for. 

The resort is open year round. The Bogue Falaya River winds in and about through the grounds which are shaded by magnificent oaks, magnolias, pine, cherry, and pecan trees. the cuisine is first class, supplying its guests with the best the market affords and daintily served. 

The equipment and furnishings of the house are new and the rooms are large and well ventilated. The building has southern exposure, and is provided with Sanitary conveniences, hot and cold baths, etc. The water supply of Riverside Inn is pure and abundant. It is furnished by deep artesian wells whose waters are clear as crystal and 99 percent pure. 

Riverside Inn is conducted by Mr. S. W. Prague, a hotel man of long experience. He was formerly connected with the St. Francis Hotel of San Francisco and the St. Charles and Grunewald Hotels of New Orleans. 


Newspaper mentions of the hotel and Riverside Inn

The opening of Riverside Inn in November of 1908

There were musicals

And a private school

There were dances...