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At the corner of Caldwell Avenue and Main Street is the building which was originally the Waldorf Hotel, built in 1906.  In 1929, this hotel was the scene of a tragedy as Mrs. Anna Skelly and her son-in-law August Hess were killed in a freak accident.  As they were eating breakfast in the kitchen of the Waldorf, the building was struck by a runaway coal car from the Beachly Mine in Puritan, over a mile away.  Behind the building, you can see how the tracks run by the building, and where the car jumped those tracks.

 


Photograph from the Library and Documents, Portage Area Historical Society