This hotel was called the Winchester Hotel. I believe this hotel was owned by my great-great grandmother, Margaret Adams Hayton and her mother. They ran this hotel until it burned (late 1890's/early 1900's) as my great-great grandmother married in 1894. The hotel was purchased thereafter several times by other people but no on has ever fixed it up. I was there last year and took a picture of it. I will have to ask my my family about more information. I do know that it was the hub of Castlewood when the train ran through that part. It had a store, post office and a factory of some sort. I can imagine it being the "spot" for all the locals. I think there was even a saloon there also, but I'll have to check. My family is not only Hayton/Adams but also Clay (goes back many years in Castlewood) and my maiden name is Chabo. My father is Johnny Chabo, he lived in Dante during the 1940's and part of 1950's. My uncle was the town doctor, James Foster. A lot of history.
I hope that this was able to help resolve the question about the hotel and I will look through my notes on more of the history of the hotel and I'll also talk to my cousin who lives around the corner from the Hotel.
Brigitte Chabo Burke
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