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. [Read more…]