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Community Growth: Hotel Atwater

Location: 322 Atlantic Ave., Atwater, Kandiyohi County
Built: 1904
Architect: Olson and Skoolheim
Listed on NRHP: June 13, 1986

Atwater was platted in 1871 by the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad as the company laid tracks from the Twin Cities to Willmar. Named after St. Paul and Pacific official E. D. Atwater, the town thrived until 1891, when a fire destroyed many of the wood-frame buildings downtown. By the turn of the century, the developing community needed a substantial hotel that could become a center for community affairs and commercial activity. The two-story brick Hotel Atwater rose on a prominent site facing the railroad tracks. When it opened in 1904, the hotel boasted first-class accommodations, including 22 steam-heated guest rooms, a kitchen, dining room, saloon and two large sample rooms to be used by traveling salesmen.



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