I believe that the “98” Hotel and bar originally was a dance hall, then later a roller-skating rink, and eventually became a cocktail lounge. Cal Miller was the early bar manager but I believe Harold Denison and others first opened the place. It had many owners through the years and many colourful people for customers.
At one time, when Ernie Armitage was the owner, it had a very valuable rifle collection. Some of them, I believe, were bought from one or more old Dawson City-area estates. The owners of the ‘98 Hotel through the years were mostly interesting and unique individuals as well. I have many memories of the place. In the ‘50s I spent many an hour at the bar playing B.S. poker with Swede Blomberg and others, having a great time.
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