The Elk / Park Hotel in Downtown Clear Lake, Across from City Park.
The Elk Hotel,
located at the
corner of
Main Avenue
and 3rd Street
(Across from the
Corner Drug in the 50s)

(Clear Lake Iowa 1851-2006)
  The Red Book

Thanks to
Bob Moninger
for this picture.
The Park Hotel
was demolished in April 1987.
In this photo, the porch has
already been taken off.
(Clear Lake Iowa 1851-2006)
        (The Red Book)
The Park Hotel
in the 50s
Photo taken from
City Park.
The trolley passes
by the Hotel Elk
at 3rd and Main.
Picture taken from
"A Pictorial History
of Clear Lake, Iowa"
If you have pictures, information about the
Park Hotel or a memory you would like to share with us all,
please send to
to be posted.
Thank you to those who have participated!!
Thanks to Larry Andersen
for this picture.
The Elk was later known as the Rogers Hotel and Park Hotel.  It was demolished in the 1980s.
Music is
'In The Good
Old Summer Time'
Article from 'The Pictorial History of Clear Lake Iowa"
Page 115
These two
taken by
Charlie Zirbel,
are of the block
where the old
Park Hotel
used to
Memories....The last couple of years of high school and my freshman year of college I worked at the Park Hotel.  Ruth Fordyce was the owner at the time.  At that time Ruth was probably in her 70's.  Well, maybe she wasn't that old, you know how when you are younger everyone looks ancient.  Well anyway she lived in an apartment in the hotel, just off the lobby, but still maintained a home on 5th Avenue South.  I can't remember the total number of rooms, but they were located on the second and third floors.  Each floor had two rooms with bathrooms that had a bathtub and one room that had a shower.  All other rooms had a sink in them, but shared a community shower.  The cost of the rooms was $5.00 for rooms with a bathtub, $3.50 for rooms with a shower and all other rooms were $2.50 per night.  I can't remember if there was an extra cost for extra people.  During the summer and on weekends during the school year I cleaned the rooms at $1.00 per hour in the mornings and then was the desk clerk in the afternoon and got $2.00 per hour.  You see, being the desk clerk you had a lot more responsibility...checking people in and out, filling the pop machine and keeping the display case filled with snacks and souvenirs and postcards.  There was one guy that stayed in one of the rooms full time and he paid $30.00 for the month.  His bed got changed and room cleaned once a week.  There were no plastic glasses at the time, so all glasses had to be hand washed.  I remember one couple that stayed there every summer during the carnival, because they ran a food stand.  They got a room with bathtub.  It must have been a good business being in the carnival.
Submitted by Linda (Buhr) Jacobs  Class of 1966

Last Updated
29 August, 2008