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The Merrick Hotel

Yesterday, 1906, on the corner of Court and Pleasant Streets was the Merrick Hotel. Its advertisement read, "Noted for its homelike comforts, excellent cuisine and reasonable rates, the Merrick Hotel is unsurpassed in general excellence of service and is one of the most popular 'hotelries' in the Granite State. There are 27 airy, well furnished rooms, and the dining room has a capacity of 50. The table is furnished with the best of market supplies and cooking unsurpassed anywhere."

The building is still standing and has been recycled a couple of times over the years. The Elks owned and operated there for years. Today, it is owned by Ronald Bourgeault who is the Auctioneer for Northeast Auctions. In their Review of 2000, they state that "Northeast Auctions works to blend the old and the new. We have begun to use computer technology and offer the entire text of each catalog along with numerous photographs on the web site of Maine Antiques Digest (; this summer we had the entire catalog of our summer Marine and China Trade auction on their site and attracted inquiries from around the world, as far away as Hong Kong."

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