Former Nappanee House building still stands

It’s interesting sometimes to find the history of a building that has been standing for a long time and is still being used, though in a different form. Hunter’s Hideaway now occupies a building on South Main Street in Nappanee, south of Market Street (U.S. Highway 6), which used to be known at one time as the Nappanee House. Originally it was known as the Nappanee Hotel and dated to at least the 1870s. It was close to the B & O Railroad line and no doubt many railway travelers used the hotel, especially commercial travelers such as salesmen and others. This is yet another example of how railroads impacted business in towns they passed through in the days passengers traveled on trains. Eventually the Nappanee House became a boarding house when another hotel was built in Nappanee. I’m not entirely sure, but it appears the Nappanee House ceased to exist in the early 1900s when a bank bought the lots. I should also note the original location of the hotel was elsewhere on South Main Street.

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Site of former Nappanee House.

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About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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