A few days ago there was a short report on the news about the National Hotel in Jackson, Amador County, California. The owner is reopening the hotel. Since I don't get over to Jackson very often any more, I didn't know it was closed. It is an important building in the center of town, so it is great news to know that it will be up and running again. It made me pull out my postcards of the building so I could include it in my "postcard posts".
I am starting with the above postcard by Merle Porter because it has the most information on the back: "National Hotel - Jackson, California. Around 1849, three men, Ellis Evans, D. C. White and Armstrong Askey felt that the growing town of Botileas,( named for the great number of whiskey bottles found around the springs) needed a hotel. They built a two-story frame building and named it "The Louisiana House". The name of the town was changed to Jackson after Col. Jackson. It was the "great fire" of 1862 that destroyed most of Jackson along with the hotel. Undaunted, the same three men rebuilt the hotel as it is today. Every California governor has been in the hotel along with a number of presidents and movie stars such as John Ford and John Wayne and others like "Black Bart". When you walk through the doors you feel you have stepped back into California history."
The postcard above, a Fraschers card, reads "Jackson, Amador County, California. In the heart of the Mother Lode. Home of the Deepest Gold mines in the world."
I wish the owner well and hope that his newly opened hotel brings much-needed business to downtown Jackson. When the heat lets up a bit it might be a great destination for this Gold Country Girl and her hubby, in search of a nice cold beer or two.