The saloon inside the Commercial Hotel
California in 1910. It was located at 182 West Center Street (now
Lincoln Avenue) at the corner of Lemon Street. Built by Anaheim's second
mayor, Henry Kroeger, in 1872, it was first known as the Anaheim Hotel. It
was later sold to the hotel's manager, Max Nebelung and by 1890, the
hotel's name was changed to the Commercial Hotel.
shows two men standing behind the bar and several customers standing or
seated throughout the room. Visable is the cash register, liquor bottles
and glassware in cabinets behind the bar; three spittoons along the
foot-rail in front of bar; wall clock and various pictures hanging on
wall-papered walls; with lighting provided by four bare electric light
bulbs and two kerosene lamps.
In 1905, the
Commercial Hotel was sold to John Ziegler, who, in 1916, replaced the old
hotel with a new $40,000 four-story brick building at the same location.
Called the Hotel Valencia, it stood until May, 1977, when it burned down.
appears to have kept the same long bar that was in the original Commercial
Hotel, when he built the new Hotel Valencia. However, behind the bar is
now a large mirror framed by ornate woodwork. In this image, a bartender
and owner, John Ziegler, are behind the bar, with a customer standing at
the bar rail. The cash register, liquor bottles and glassware are visible
behind the bar; two spittoons along foot-rail in front of bar; a wooden
barrel and double wooden doors leading to the dining room are at far
right; a wall clock and various posters hang on wall-papered walls, and
lighting is provided by four lamps hanging from the ceiling.
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Both images are courtesy
Archive of California.
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produced a red glow to the outside world when lit at night. The name
carried over to refer to the town's brothel district.
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