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Mark Hopkins Hotel

THE MARK HOPKINS HOTEL WAS CONCEIVED, FINANCED  AND BUILT BY COMSTOCK LODE MINING ENGINEER  GEORGE D. SMITH WHO OPERATED IT FROM ITS OPENING  IN DECEMBER 1926 THROUGH JANUARY 1962. HE DIRECTED  THE ...

THE MARK HOPKINS HOTEL WAS CONCEIVED, FINANCED 
AND BUILT BY COMSTOCK LODE MINING ENGINEER 
GEORGE D. SMITH WHO OPERATED IT FROM ITS OPENING 
IN DECEMBER 1926 THROUGH JANUARY 1962. HE DIRECTED 
THE EVOLUTION OF THE HOTEL FROM A SEMI-RESIDENTIAL 
TO A TRANSIENT OPERATION WITHOUT LOSING ITS LUXURIOUS 
CHARACTER. IN MAY 1939 HE CREATED THE WORLD FAMOUS AND 
MUCH COPIED "TOP OF THE MARK".

IN 1924 HE BUILT THE CANTERBURY HOTEL AND OPERATED IT 
FOR FOUR YEARS AND IN 1929 BOUGHT THE FAIRMONT HOTEL 
WHICH HE OPERATED FOR TWELVE YEARS. 

A MODEST MAN, GEORGE D. SMITH WAS A TIRELESS HOTEL AND 
CIVIC LEADER KNOWN FOR INITIATIVE, RESOURCEFULNESS AND 
NEVER-FAILING KINDNESS. 

PLAGUE DONATED BY THE SMITH FAMILY
 

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