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Key Route Inn Pattern

The Key Route Inn was a grand hotel in Oakland, Ca. operated by the Key Route.  It is said to have been the finest hotel in Oakland in its time.  Key Route trains actually ran through its central courtyard, so the establishment was a station, hotel and eating house all in one.  While the dining china is pretty scarce, period postcards of the place are fairly common.  Curiously, most seem to have been doctored so as to not show the trains running through the building - I guess it wasn't really a popular selling feature in the long run.  It reportedly closed in 1911.