The Coloma Hotel was built in 1876 on land called Richardson’s Plot which was the basis upon which the surveying of the rest of the town was done. A livery stable was built behind the hotel to house the horses people used for travel. The hotel’s main purpose was to serve as an overnight stay for travelers on the railroad whose station was right across the street.
I the ‘30’s the hotel was called the Premo Hotel and hotel guests could find a room and a meal. Advertisements from that era tempt guests to enjoy a chicken dinner for 50 cents. Some time in the early 1900’s the hotel burned and was rebuilt into the structure you see today.
In the 1950’s the lobby was converted into a soda fountain with games so that the teenagers in town could gather before and after school and confirmation classes. When Highway 51 was built, the workers stayed at the hotel and the hotel’s manager, Faye, cooked breakfast and dinner for the workers and packed their lunches!
The hotel fell into disrepair in the 1980’s and only occasionally served overnight guests. It became a rooming house and many people during that era called it home. The kitchen served as communal kitchen and the lobby and living room as common areas where residents could visit, watch TV, or play cards.
In the early 1990’s repairs on the old hotel began after it was purchased by the present owners, Dennis and Susan Apps. The porch was fixed and extended, new windows replaced the inefficient ones, bathrooms were added to each room and a new open stairway, fireplace, and eck were added. Balloon construction had been used to build the hotel which meant that the walls were one line from the base of the first floor all the way to the roof line. During the remodeling, insulation was placed in all the walls and fire stops added to make the building safer.
Today the hotel, once again, welcomes travelers – not from the railroad, but from the highway. Modern conveniences such as cable TV, wireless internet and continental breakfast have been added, but the charm and hospitality that made the hotel well known in the past will always be a part of the Coloma Hotel’s history and personality.
We have permission from Dennis and Susan Apps for the placement of the cache on hotel property