Thursday, April 12, 2012

A.J. Bayley's 22-room three story hotel was built in the wrong place

"'Bayley's Folly' is weird Auburn, beyond Cool" by Gus Thomson, Media Life, © Auburn Journal, 4/12/12. (News Article)

"AUBURN CA - ... along Highway 49 ... an imposing red-brick structure, three stories high, on the right side of the road, seemingly out in the middle of nowhere. ... the Bayley House. ... The decision to build was based on a speculative error. A.J. Bayley started construction on the premise that the new Central Pacific Railroad was going to run next to his new 22-room hotel. He assumed mappers would go with a route John Fremont had identified years earlier that was already well-traveled as a freight trail. ... [but the] Central Pacific ... passed through Auburn on the other side of the American River Canyon. ..." [More]

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