Location: Clare, Michigan
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"'The Calkins' was the fond name of Clare's Calkins House hotel, once [the] pride of the town and indeed as famous in its day, as the Doherty hotel is now. The original part of the building is that which is surrounded by the wide porches and topped by the round towers. The square wing in the rear was added ten years after the building of the original. The Calkins house burned in 1920 and the Doherty was erected in its place." (Clare Sentinel, 25 September 1953, p. 4, Col. 1. https://digmichnews.cmich.edu/cgi-bin/michigan?a=d&d=ClareSENT19530925-01.1.4)
"'There's a place called the Calkins House and that was the center of town, but it was wood and it actually burned down... So this particular area sat vacant for a number of years...'
"That's when Dean Doherty's great grandfather stepped in, recognizing the town's need for a new gathering place.
"'So all the towns people came together and bought the plot of land and actually gifted it to my great grandfather in lieu of building the original hotel.'
"And so the Irish Senator Alfred James Doherty I built the 36 room brick landmark. With the combo of mega intersection and rising automobile, Doherty was in for luck." ("Hometown Tourist: The Historic Doherty Hotel in Clare." 9&10 News, 27 Mar. 2015. http://www.9and10news.com/story/28573264/hometown-tourist-the-historic-doherty-hotel-in-clare)