Sep 2016 Blakesburg’s a Blast!
Antique Airfield Flyin, Blakesburg, Iowa. Saturday. It’s 7:00 a.m. and I’m still in my nice Queen size bed at the Hotel Ottumwa. If you haven’t been to Blakesburg, you’re probably not familiar with this historic 1917, 6-story property. Back in its heyday I’m sure the accommodations were 1st Class and the Hotel was the social hub of the area. It’s not a bad place to stay today but it shows a lot of wear ‘n tear everywhere you look. The single elevator is tiny & the hallways are narrow, just what you’d expect from a 99 year old building . I’m OK with it all and happy this great old property continues to survive. I will say the thought crossed my mind about taking a room on the top floor with only one tiny window for egress…..but seriously, what are the odds of an event happening that a quick exit would be necessary?
So, at 7:00 a.m. I’m comfy and thinking very seriously about actually getting out of bed. 7:01 Still in bed. 7:02 Still happy in bed …… but suddenly the bed starts shaking and rolling side to side. What?! Surely I was imagining it…but it continued – and continued. OK. I know there’s only one thing that’ll roll continually for 8 or 10 seconds like that – an earthquake! Yes it was confirmed as a 5.6 earthquake centered somewhere in Oklahoma and it hit promptly at 7:02 a.m. We felt all the way to Blakesburg! I’m happy to report the 99-year-old Hotel Ottumwa is just fine and I’m sure will still be standing long after I’m gone.
And the fun continues……!