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The Clearwater Hotel is the answer for Week 348 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: It was in two locations at separate times.

Tuesday: It burned at one of the locations.

Wednesday: It was replaced by another business at the other location.

Thursday: Had different proprietors over the years

Friday: Had a restaurant

Saturday: At one point had 14 "neat rooms" upstairs and 12 "bedrooms" downstairs.

Monday: A feed store was in one of the buildings before it became a hotel.

Tuesday: The name reflected the area.

Wednesday: Named after a river

Thursday: That river runs through Orofino and the business was a few blocks away.

Friday: Fred Trotsky was one of the owners.

The original Clearwater Hotel was at the bottom of Canada Hill on Johnson Ave. It is behind the tree on the left of the photo. An Optimist ad from 1903 listed the proprietor as Mrs. A. Edmonson. Of course that part of town was destroyed in the fire of 1906. (Photo courtesy of Clearwater Historical Museum)

The second Clearwater Hotel was at the corner of what is now Michigan and Johnson avenues. (Photo courtesy of Clearwater Historical Museum)

It was remodeled from the old Orofino Feed Store. Fred Trotsky purchased the building and remodeled the upstairs where the Knights of Pytheus Lodge had met to have 14 "neat rooms". The ground floor had been the former Orofino Mercantile Co. storage. I contained an office, dining roon, kitchen and 12 bedrooms, according to a 1920s Clearwater Republican.

At one point John Erby had his cafe there, but moved it out in 1921 to a building that had formerly been used as the undertaking parlor. Mr. I.R. Wisner opened a dining room in the hotel later that year, according to the Orofino Tribune.

The Helgeson Hotel was later constructed on the site.

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