Owens Valley, California, Has a Freight-Car Hotel
OWENYO is a railroad junction point in Owens Valley, California, east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mining and agricultural development have made it important. But it had no hotel. George Brown built one with the best material that he could find. He couldn’t get steel for a frame or onyx for a foyer, but he could get box cars. So he built his hotel of box cars.
Standard box cars are thirty-four feet four inches long, eight feet wide and eight high. Three of these, unwheeled and with proper
foundation, were placed in the form of a hollow square, inner corners connecting, with the open space facing the tracks. In this opening a front was built, with double doors and large windows. The center is a dining-room thirty-four feet four inches square, well floored, and lighted by many windows in a superstructure which gives the appearance of a second story. Across the front is a fifty-foot porch eight feet wide and across the rear another.
Behind that is a fourth car, constituting the residence of the landlord and his family. Each of the side cars is divided into three comfortable bedrooms, and at the rear, on either side, another guest room is built in,
making eight guest rooms in all. The rear car in the building is the kitchen.
The entire building is metal-roofed, plaster-board finished and paneled throughout the interior. Every room has a large window.