A reader, intrigued by Kaye Ross’s story about the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau bus tour, called to tell us about the old stage coach stop and inn on E Avenue NW. She often heard the inn’s owner and her grandfather talk about it.
She said where the garage is now, meals were cooked for the inn’s guests, and an attached barn extending north housed the horses.
She also said all the rooms on the top floor were tiny, only big enough to hold a bed.
According to our archives, the house was built in 1846 “with square nails, and there used to be a third story before a cyclone swooped the roof off in 1910. The house is on what once was called Old Red Ball Road named for the road markers topped by a red ball. It was later the Lincoln Highway. (October 25, 1983)