The Meiss Hotel

Pioneer Interview
The Meiss Hotel
by Kimberly Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Meiss owned the hotel. They came from Victoria in 1896 with a horse and carriage. The Meiss' came because of the gold rush. They decided to help the miners out by building a hotel. Alex and Meiss had a horse and carriage, but he was the first man to own a car in Harper's Camp. The family (Alex and his wife) ran the Meiss Hotel and looked after the horses in the Livery Stables together. The Meiss' had a Hotel, some bachelor cabins and a livery stable for buildings. Mr. Meiss stayed in Harper's Camp until he died. Alex came in 1896 and died in 1928. Mrs. Meiss had a pet bear at the hotel which she fed and looked after.

Interesting Anecdotes - the Meiss' - by Kimberly Johnson

The Gun - One day as Alex Meiss was cleaning his gun, he wasn't careful and shot himself in the knee. After yelling for several minutes his wife came and took him to the doctor. He had his leg taken off and Alex made himself a wooden leg.

The Bridge - Alex Meiss got all his supplies of wood and nails and started out making his bridge. "It took a long time", thought Alex," but it was worth it". It's a way to make money. "I will charge twenty-five cents for people to cross my bridge". And that is just what he did.

The Car - There was also another way to make money. Mr. Meiss had a car. He would take people for rides in his car and charge them money for it. So lived the Meiss family.

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