Cat and Historic Towers Hotel

Not my usual post but I heard about the fire that destroyed the Towers Hotel in Dauphin on Thursday morning.

This hotel built more than 100 years ago was once one of the finest hotels in Dauphin. I believe that it was once called the Hamilton Hotel (Winnipeg Free Press). It will hold a lot of memories for many people.

Want to know what my memories are?

When growing up, many of us went with our parents to the Towers for that “first legal” drink in a pub. Yes, that’s right. When we turned 18, our parents, if they drank, would go into the Towers Hotel with us. Drinking age is 18 in Manitoba. Of course, we were immediately asked for ID. We then proudly, and yes, even smugly, pulled out our Driver’s license and showed it to the bartender. It was almost like an unwritten rite of passage.

It’s a strange memory but one that I think a lot of you may relate to when you go back and escape into your growing up years.

Oh and speaking of escape, check out this video of the hotel as it was collapsing. See the cat? Glad to say he survived and is doing well at an Animal Shelter.

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