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Miller, a saloon.

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Collection McCord
Date of photo 1910-1930
Description The Miller, a saloon located on the southeast corner of Resort and Auburn.
O. H. P. McCord wrote this note on the back:
"The Miller. Location corner of Resort and Auburn Avenue (southeast corner of intersection). In the olden days this building was occupied by a Chinese Store. The name of the Chinese merchant I don't remember. The building was remodeled and used as a saloon. The man on the right is C. C. Cox. The other I don't know."
A newsclipping dated 10-4-1910 tells of the building burning down. Following is a summary of the fire that destroyed the building and two others to the south:
Fire on Sunday Night Destroyed Old Land Mark
Destroyed were three buildings located on the east side of 1600 block of Resort (between Auburn and Bridge streets): Christopher C. Cox lodging house (1602 Resort); Chinese chop suey joint (1604); two-store stone building (1606). The bottom floor of the stone building was occupied by Doc Miller's saloon with lodging on upper floor owned by W. A. Ross. It was built by Lee Chung in 1881 as a store which Chung ran for many years. Stored in the building were building materials for the new Federal building: plate glass, interior finish flooring, which were a total loss and delayed completion of the structure for about six weeks. The Cox building was one of the oldest in town, built about 1872 or 1873 by J. W. Cleaver. The lower floor was his cabinet shop and the upper story was used as a dance and entertainment hall. About 40 years ago the Fulford Dramatic Co. presented plays there. "In the old building many of the most enjoyable dancing parties of early days were given and there are residents of Baker county now who remember 'Old Man' Getchell, the splendid violinist of that day, who played for most of the dances of that time. The building stood on the site of the second structure every built in Baker--a tavern and stage station.
Object ID 1981.1.155
Place Resort, 1606
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: Credit Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

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