Continental Hotel, biggest in the land, opens for business in Philadelphia
The new Continental Hotel on the corner of Ninth and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia was opened for guests on this day. During the earlier part of the week it had been open for tours from stockholders and the press. Six stories high and with rooms for a thousand people, it was then the largest hotel in the country. Abraham Lincoln would stay there in early 1861 on his way to Washington D.C. (By John Osborne)
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 107.