|The Altamont Hotel was located on what is now Crown Avenue, and was nationally known for its mineral waters. It was later used a hospital for soldiers. Other mineral water resorts in Fort Thomas included the Avenel, and the Shelley Arms.|
Unusual view of the grounds at the Altamont, 1916
|Sometimes the building on the
right is referred to as the
Altamont's Annex . . .
| . . .other times it's referred
to as the Shelly Arms, as in . . .
|. . . The Shelly Arms|
The Shelly for sale
From a Facebook post by Eddie Donlin
This Altamont Springs
The menu from the banquet of the Third
Public Health Service Hospital No. 69, Newport, Ky. This
station is leased property, formerly known as the Altamont Hotel,
and was opened in February, 1921. It has a capacity of 100
beds, and when remodeling work is completed it will increase the
capacity to 150 beds. - Surg. W. A. Korn, medical officer in
from the Annual Report of the Surgeon General, 1921.
|“Winter Rates Go into effect October 1 and continue to May 1, 1907. Delightful accommodations (single rooms or a suite) can be obtained at an exceptionally low price during this period. Before going somewhere else, it would be well to investigate what the Altamont offers. Only 35 minutes from Fountain square, Cincinnati, on the Fort Thomas car line. For rates and full information, address Claude Foley, Manager, Altamont Hotel, Ft. Thomas, Ky. Tel. South 600.”|
|“Those who, in reaching
Louisville, passed through Cincinnati were held up thee and taken in
tow by Frank Fredericks and others, including a squad from the Ohio
Valley Druggists'' Association, and piloted around. Fort
Thomas, Kentucky, and the Cincinnati Zoo were the principal show
points. The luncheon at the Altamont Hotel on the bluffs above
the Ohio River on the Kentucky side was one of the most enjoyable
features of the entire trip.”
from The Druggists Circular, Vol. 53, 1909.
June 27, 1915
June 17, 1915
November 2, 1908
|Thanks to Eric Geiman for these.|
|Eric created this timeline of The Altamont's history|
Description of the Altamont from 1909
|The Altamont Water Towers
A little background is here.
|An Advertisement Page
from a Travel Book
Altamont Hotel, Fort Thomas, near Cincinnati,
in the Kentucky Highlands, 1912
| to Miss Mary Eisenschmidt, 402 North Road, Guthrie, Oklahoma
Hello Mary: You ought to be here to root for our football team. They are not doing extra. I'm getting along OK at school on the whole. I don't like our algebra teacher, though. Thank you for those schools[?] you sent me. Received the pictures to-day. Think they are fine. I would like to run in and take my music lesson with you. I fear I will never be a great pianist. Vernon
The last days
The Kentucky Post, July 24, 1914
These are both views of the
Cincinnati Waterworks, in California, Ohio.
The Altamont is the building high on the hill in the background of these.
By the 1920's business had declined, and the Altamont was sold at auction. Story here.