There have been many hotels in the history of Osage. The first was a large hewn log house raised in the winter of 1855-6, by Downs and Company. After four years it was torn down and a better one built. Isaac Morse erected a hotel in 1858 and conducted it a number of years. In 1856, W. G. Higbie built the Cedar Valley House, near the corner of Main and Eighth Streets. Arad Hitchcock finally acquired it and named it "The Hitchcock House". After changing hands a number of times, it burned in 1878.
In 1857 the first section of the old Merchants Hotel was erected by Marion Loomis and was first called the American House. Additions were made to it and the name changed to the Dunton House. In 1884, it was called the McConnell House. In 1874, it was rebuilt and finally called the Merchants Hotel. R. M. Cleveland acquired a lease to the place in 1877. It was rebuilt and enlarged and then became the Cleveland Hotel.
In 1865 a residence was erected on the comer of Sixth and Free (now Chase) Streets. It later became the Lawn Hotel, then the Travelers Inn, and after many changes in ownership and much remodeling was known as the Osage Hotel. All of the old hotels are all but forgotten history. Modern motels have all but replaced the grandeur of the old hotels everywhere you go.
So, if you a traveling the back highways and are picking up a cache or two along the way we are glad that you came and hope that you enjoy this hobby as much as we do.
This one won't take long, just look for a black '39 Ford Coupe, open the door and sign the log. After signing please remember to close the door and return as found.