Eccentric millionaire builds resort at Monte Ne

Posted: November 9, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Courtesy photo The tower on the end of Oklahoma Row hotel still exists and can be seen today. When the hotel was built in 1909, the tower contained the luxury rooms overlooking Coin Harvey's lake. An eccentric millionaire, William "Coin" Harvey came to Rogers in 1900 and bought 320 acres of lush valley just four miles southeast of town to build his Monte Ne resort.

Recent segments on local news channels have rekindled my interest in the lost town of Monte Ne. Local folks who grew up in this area are familiar with the famous resort created by William "Coin" Harvey in the early 1900s. However, there have been thousands of newcomers that might not know the story.

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