Hallway of Pioneer Hotel

Hallway of Pioneer Hotel


A hallway inside the Pioneer Hotel, July 6, 1960. “Cage Hotels” were essentially plywood cubicles with chicken wire covering the tops to prevent would-be thieves. The Pioneer Hotel rented out rooms by the week and month at rates much cheaper than most apartments, albeit with few. While the people who used these boardinghouses were often classified as homeless, many actually lived in the same room for decades. Photograph by Dick Palen.

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