Local Men in charge of contractor Ben Hawkins Fill Town With Noise of Destruction as Lakeside Inn Comes Down; Same Crew Will Follow With Building Improvements


   Perhaps among the most important happening around Lakeside, or even in the entire county, is the wrecking of Lakeside Inn - formally one of the high-class hostelries of southern California and known far and wide.

   The building - a mammoth, four-story structure containing 150 guest rooms and every convenience to make it modern was designed along the lines of Hotel del Coronado, and, we understand, by the same architect. It has been advertised in the past as "the Coronado of the mountains."

   The grounds included Lindo Lake and Park, whose ample acres furnished boating, duck shooting, golf, and other recreations for guests. The tables were supplied with meat, poultry and vegetables home grown. The mineral springs contained medicinal properties which were known world wide. The beautiful grounds and the race-track were the scenes of parties galore where celebrities and millionaires met and played and were happy, and Lakeside profited by their presence.

   But today things are different. Men are at work from top to bottom of the building with screw-drivers, hammers, bars, and other wrecking tools and the old land-mark is being razed. And it is right and well that such a course is being followed, for long since its value as a hostelry has been lost and many years have seen it lying idle and slowly going to wreck. The park and lake which were its principal assets entered into litigation and are now the property of the county. Hunting is now open to the public and Lakeside citizenry are planning a general park and lake clean-up day. Water has again been turned back into the lake through the natural run­way shut up by the building of the race track and a few good rains will bring the water up to its proper height and clarify its body.

   Mr. C.S. Judson, the present owner of the property, has closed a contract with Ben Hawkins for the wrecking of the building, the disposal of materials, and the immediate erection of two cottages. The writer of this article is exceedingly well pleased with the present disposition of this estate - when the entire holding is eventually cut into small tracts with a home and family occupying each, then, indeed, will Lakeside profit.


Article from the LAKESIDE BOOSTER, Saturday February 28,1920. Author unknown.

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