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Winter's Hotel

Winters Hotel, at 202 East Riverside Drive (U. S. 127), New Miami, was called "a mecca for local later-famous jazz musicians in the mid '30s" by Joe Cella, a Journal-News writer, when the structure was demolished in February 1976. Cella said "some nationally-known performers who appeared in the hotel's Hayloft restaurant-lounge include Nancy Wilson, considered the leading female jazz singer today, trumpeter Erskine Hawkins, who wrote 'Tuxedo Junction,' and which became a classic in the late Glenn Miller's rise to fame, trombonist Pee Wee Hunt, star of the Casa Loma Orchestra, and 'Fats' Domino, one of the originators of rock music during the Elvis Presley era in the '50s."
It was built in 1909-10 as a 23-room hotel for employees of the Hamilton Coke and Iron plant (later Armco) when New Miami was known as Coke Otto. Cella said "the building survived the 1913 flood and years later it opened as the Winters Hotel. The nightclub area of the hotel was the Hayloft." Later, the nightclub was the Dude Ranch and still later, the Wagon Wheel, both featuring country and western music. It also had housed a temporary school and a church.

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