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BASLER, Karl (1862-1934)

2008, Valley Post, 4 June 2008 by Jo Giessner - There is a Tehama County road outside of Cottonwood between Hooker Creek Road and Highway 36 named Basler Road for a popular one-time businessman of Cottonwood, Karl Basler.

There was a hotel in Cottonwood, built in 1900, often referred to as the "Basler Hotel" that was actually the "United States Hotel," owned, built and operated, as well as named, by Karl Basler.

Karl Basler, a native of Baden, Germany, came to America in 1883, and home steaded in 1889, thirteen miles west of Cottonwood in what was known as the Farquhar District. His occupation in 1896 was that of a farmer. He was at one time a foreman for one of the lumber mills near Shingletown and apparently very popular with the workers and the employers.

The construction of the hotel/restaurant/bar a two-story structure of 36 x 84 feet in "downtown" Cottonwood, took place in 1900.

In May 1902, the Cottonwood Herald exclaimed:  ". . .it is safe to say that there are few hotels in Northern California that can share with the United States Hotel its reputation for completeness and comfort in its sleeping accommodation as well as for excellence of its table which is supplied at all times with the best market affords. The culinary department being superintended over by Mrs. Basler is a guarantee at all times that the most fastidious of epicures can be gratified."

The hotel was also noted for its elaborate bar and fine covered "bus" for transporting guests.

In September 1902, the United States Hotel building on Lots 5 and 6, along with several other buildings along Front Street, was destroyed in the devastating fire that began in the Lean Livery Stable.

A disappointed Karl and Adele Basler moved to Anderson on their northern trek for employment. In 1910, they were living in Keswick, and in 1920 and 1930 Census Enumerations, they dwelled in Delta, Shasta County, California. The couple did not return to the hotel business.

Karl died in 1934, in Shasta County, at the age of 72 years. Adele having been born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, in 1866, died in 1942 in Siskiyou County, California. There were no children.~

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