Movement Fades To Save Monte Ne Tower Near Rogers
Posted: June 14, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.
ROGERS -- The push to save the last vestige of William "Coin" Harvey's resort at Monte Ne has run out of steam.
• The Hotel Monte Ne had a ballroom, an indoor swimming pool, a two-story theater a bowling alley and a meeting room.
• Harvey built a lagoon and a series of canals in front of the hotel and imported a gondola from Italy.
• In 1902 he built a railroad spur from the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad line to Monte Ne and began to bill the resort as the “only place in America where a gondola meets the trains.”
• The resort’s heyday had passed by the 1930.
• Much of the resort was razed. An amphitheater, the tower, which had served as a bridal suite, and the foundation of the Oklahoma Row, was all that remained of the luxury hotel when Beaver Lake was impounded in the 1960s.
• The amphitheater, near the tower, is underwater unless the lake level is low.
Source: Staff Report
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