Photograph taken by Rizwan (Rizzi) Elahi
The Ryde Hotel was built in 1927 at the peak of the prohibition era.
It was an opulent establishment, complete with beauty salon and barbershop, that served as a riverboat way station. It was also rumored to be a bordello. The lower level was a speakeasy, offering bootleg whiskey and jazz to a clientele in search of a good time.
There was even a trap door in the floor that allegedly opened to reveal a tunnel running under the road to a hidden doorway at the river’s edge. It’s not difficult to imagine the type of nocturnal activities that secret passageway has seen!
Speculation mixed with fact generated a good amount of notoriety that brought with it a certain cachet. The Ryde attracted celebrities of all types from President Herbert Hoover to local and state politicians to movie stars and mobsters.
Madison Miller Aspiring Model from Sacramento joined with her mom Lisa L Greer also great make-up artist. Here I am going to add some pictures I took that day.