ECW Weekender: The U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego

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Front SignEmerging Civil War recently received a fun email from one of our good friends (and loyal readers), Jack Humphries.

“My wife and I recently had a ‘just get the heck get-out-of-town for a few days’ trip to San Diego,” he told us. “One of the sites we wanted to see was the U.S. Grant hotel in the heart of San Diego, built by U.S. Grant, Jr. and opened in 1910. The hotel apparently eventually fell on hard times, has experienced a revival and is now a ‘boutique hotel’ in the grand hotel style in which it was created. The hotel is currently owned by a development corporation, the business arm of the Kumeyaay Indian nation.”

Jack was kind enough to share his photos with us so that we could pass them along to all of our readers. “In addition to the photos, I have some historic postcards and a history of the hotel to share,” he said.

The hotel celebrated its 100th birthday on October 15, 2010 (which makes yesterday it’s 105th birthday). The history of the hotel that Jack sent along can be found online here.

And without further adieu, courtesy of Jack Humphries, we welcome you to the lovely U.S. Grant Hotel:

The U.S. Grant Hotel, shortly after it opened

The U.S. Grant Hotel, shortly after it opened

The U.S. Grant Hotel today

The U.S. Grant Hotel today

The hotel entryway

The hotel entryway

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The hotel lobby

Art in the lobby

Art in the lobby

More lobby

More lobby

Celestial Ballroom

The celestial ballroom

Original artifacts from the hotel

Original artifacts from the hotel

Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.'s, safe

Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.’s, safe

A portrait of Grant still hangs in the hotel.

A portrait of Grant still hangs in the hotel.

Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., was known as "Buck" because he was born in Ohio, the Buckeye State.

Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., was known as “Buck” because he was born in Ohio, the Buckeye State.

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One Response to ECW Weekender: The U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego

  1. Beautiful photos! I’ll have to try to visit on my next trip to the city.

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