This 1884 advertisement features two companies: The Kimball House hotel and Burtis Opera House in Davenport Iowa and J. B. Snyder's Keator House in Moline, Illinois.
The Kimbal House and adjacent Burtis Opera House were owned by Howard Burtis. The hotel is promoted as “unquestionably the largest and best in Iowa. It is strictly first-class in all respects.” Rates were $2.50 and $3.00 per day. Built in 1874, the hotel sported an elevator and its own train platform. By the 1930s it was converted to apartments and Ronald Reagon lived there while working at a Davenport radio station.
The adjacent 1600-seat Burtis Opera House, built in 1867, is said to have been refurnished and renovated during the last year. Among the celebrities who performed and lectured at the Burtis: Al Jolson, Susan B. Anthony and Mark Twain.
The smaller ad for the 150-room 4-story Keator House targets traveling salesmen, mentioning good sample rooms and describing itself as “headquarters for commercial men” with telegraph, telephone and street car connections with Rock Island and Davenport. All guests were furnished with passes to the National Armory and Arsenal, “the best Driving Park in the West.” The driving park is presumed to be a harness racing track at Arsenol Island.
Kimball House Hotel and
Burtis Opera House