STARRING: ART VAN HARVEY AND BERNARDINE FLYNN
- Vic is just off the phone from speaking with Y.I.I.Y. Skeeber. He almost shuddered at the startling news.
- Vic: "On the west side of the building – where our garbageman's room is located – there is only six inches of space between the speeding train and the wall."
- He's waiting for further word about the arrival of train #9 south-bound from Chicago. The hotel may remain standing or may not. It may become a pile of "remnants, a poor sick heap of twisted bleeding planks. Vic drags out the story for dramatic impact. Sade reacts impatiently.
- Rishigan Fishigan is the hero of this tale, possibly having saved the life of every man in residence at the Bright Kentucky Hotel. He had seen a newspaper article stating that the C & A Railroad had purchased a new locomotive. It seemed to him that the locomotive was larger than the ordinary ones. He called the Superintendent of Motive Power of the C & A shops and verified it's a larger locomotive. He raced back to the Bright Kentucky which was quickly evacuated.
- Now there's nothing to do but wait. Skeeber phones. Turns out the new locomotive had twenty-seven twenty-eighths of an inch clearance.
- Vic: (low, vibrant tones) "In fact it scraped the paint." - compiled by Barbara Schwarz, edited by Jimbo Mason
___________________Realistically, the Bright Kentucky Hotel is probably a death trap. Petitions have been drawn up for it's removal; it was condemned in the 1910's; this episode here proves that there could easily be a very drastic accident where a speeding locomotive runs into the hotel, potentially killing several people... and yet we laugh about it.
But that's a crazy Paul Rhymer script for you.
The hotel is full of the town's seediest - and most notorious - characters. It's located near the most dangerous part of town (many rails from both the railroad and the interurban station's streetcars merge there.)
I recently went on Google Earth and took a look at the city of Bloomington, to see if there was such a convergence of tracks and here's what I found:
|Bloomington, Illinois circa 2011|
The hotel is an icon for the show. Exploring it's various stories can be a great way to spend an afternoon.