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1988, May 27
The 82 year old Colonial burnt to the ground in a short time on this Friday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend. It was built in 1907, a majestic white, two-story building with a large dome and huge columns. It was a landmark on the corner of Delaware and Catawba Avenues. Three different fires at that corner consumed Put-in-Bay businesses there since 1878 when the first Put-in-Bay house burned. Valentine Doller rebuilt the House on the site jof the present Commodore Motel. He sold the property to the Put-in-Bay Amusement Compaqny in 1906. The colonial was built as an amusement center and featured a ballroom, skating rink and later an eight lane bowling alley, arcade, grocery, tavern, restaurant, movie house and clothing store. A new structure was built in 1989 and named the Beer Barrel Saloon. The Saloon is home to the "longest bar in the world" according to the Guinness Book of World Records
This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Put-in-Bay and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.
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