Claypool Hotel…Menu 104 Years Ago today…

Written by on December 28, 2016 in Friday Favorites - 3 Comments
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claypool-color-pcHead north on Illinois to the northwest corner at Washington and back 104 years and this is approximately what you would see.

Postmarked December 28, 1907 and reads: “All drunk & having a good time–Happy New Year”


Were you to satiate your desire for luncheon or dinner at the Claypool, peruse your choices from the following menus…
May I take your order please? What would you have eaten? Smoked jowl anyone? Who knows what Bluepoints are?
atrium-at-claypool-hotel Imagine the soothing sound of trickling water, perhaps sounds of a piano wafting through the same one door as the aroma of your mouth-watering meal drifts through another…

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3 Comments on "Claypool Hotel…Menu 104 Years Ago today…"

  1. Greg December 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm · Reply

    Bluepoints are oysters! And interesting that some of this stuff seems to have come full circle and would look at home on the menus of today’s farm-to-table restaurants (jowl and calf head, I’m looking at you!).

  2. R. Wagner January 3, 2017 at 6:46 pm · Reply

    Connecticut Blue Point Oysters

    Blue Point OystersOur Connecticut Blue Point oysters (Crassostrea virginica) have to many become synonymous with the very words Atlantic oysters. There is a certain undeniable association with the Blue Point that has made it (by relative oyster standards) a household name. The Blue Point is that familiar face you pick out of a crowd, and will be a welcome addition to any oyster list.

  3. Jim McBride January 17, 2017 at 1:06 pm · Reply

    I grew up in Indy. Born 1938. Broad ripple High 1956. My father was the Bell Captain at the Claypool in the 1940″s. He was had MS but could do his job from the elevated Bell Captains desk. I loved taking the bus downtown and visiting him at the hotel. He would introduce me to some of the famous residents (e.g. Jake Lamotta the boxer). I lived in the neighborhood at 30th and College, known then as “crosstown’. Wish I could find info on that area. I now live in Denver. I come to Indy each year. Looking forward to historic sites to visit when I come. Thanks (PS, went to PS 76)

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