Adams Street, East from Summit Hotel, Creston, Iowa

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One of the first hotels in Creston, Iowa, the Summit Hotel, was built in 1880 by a stock company composed of Swan & Becker and Colonel Beckwith, among others, and was destroyed by fire in 1896. The hotel owners rebuilt on the same site later that year, but shortly before midnight on December 1916 another fire destroyed the building. The loss was estimated at $200,000 and defective electrical wiring was believed to have caused the fire. Creston centennial card, 1869-1969.