have been hotels at this strategic location since 1853.
The nearby mills, river crossing and business district made
it an ideal location for travelers and tradesmen passing
hotel on this site, the Winslow House, was a two-story brick
building. It was Cedar Falls' third true hotel, competing
with houses owned by E. D. Adams (1850) and J. F. Jaquith
The Winslow was
sold in 1858 to J. O. Carter, who renamed it the Carter
House. Carter remodeled the original building, adding a
The Carter House
was torn down in the 1870s, and the Burr House was built
in its place. Two brothers, T. J. Burr and A. N. Burr, owned
the Burr. Their hotel was described in 1893 as "a modern
house, brick, four stories in height . . . a model one in
neatness and finely finished and furnished from top to cellar.
The cu[i]sine varied, good clean beds, the service is as
good as can be found in Iowa. It is a popular house and
After the death
of T. J. Burr the hotel was sold to a group of Cedar Falls
businessmen. They removed the ornamental iron balconies,
enlarged the building, and renamed it the Black Hawk Hotel.
The Black Hawk Hotel and Motor Inn continues in operation
today. Its secondary function as the Cedar Falls bus depot
recalls the town's early days, when stagecoaches brought
people to and from the same spot.