Friday, March 30, 2007

Blog Guelph: The Diplomat Hotel

diplomat Hotel, originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy.

As you can see by Alan Norsworthy's photo, the "Dip", formerly known as The Great Western Hotel, has seen some better days.

Here's a wee bit of Guelph 'drink trade' history from the Guelph Historical Society.

“Guelph had more taverns than any other town of its size in Upper Canada. Indeed there were enough hotels and drinking establishments on Macdonnell Street that it was known as “whiskey street”. In 1869, Guelph had a population of 5,700 residents and 20 hotels (19 with liquor licenses) and two saloons, or one hotel for every 285 people. "

On that note, enjoy your weekend.

Sue Richards

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