Jul 25 2016

Mystery Foto #30 Solved: Krug’s Hotel in Mineola Circa 1915

This weekend's Mystery Foto was another previously unpublished photo of a prominent building on the courses  of the Vanderbilt Cup Races.

Mystery Foto questions:

  • Identfiy the building. When was it on the course for the Vanderbilt Cup Races?

Krug's Hotel, on the north-west corner of Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue in Mineola. The hotel was a favorite viewing site for the 1904, 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races.

  • What is the orientation  of the photo?

Looking north-east. Likely taken from a building on the south side of Jericho Turnpike.

What is the approximate year of the photo? Provide a rationale.

The caption reads "Krug's Corner" circa 1915.

  • Identify one or more of the automobiles in the photo

Still to be determined.

Congrats to Joseph Oesterle, Tim Ivers, Greg O., Steve Lucas, Art Kleiner, Chuck Rudy and Frank Femenias. Kudos to Greg O., Steve Lucas, Art Kleiner and Frank Femenias for identifying Krug's Hotel as part of the course for the 1904, 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races.


Howard Kroplick


Krug's Hotel at the Vanderbilt Cup Races

1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Racers passed Krug's Hotel on Jericho Turnpike going from west to east.

1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Roslyn photographer William Pickering captured the #7 Locomobile driven by Joe Tracy and Al Poole passing the hotel, looking west down Jericho Turnpike.

1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

The 1906 course went south down Willis Avenue and turned east at Krug's Hotel. Maurice Fabry can be seen here making the turn in the #19 Itala. Krug's was also the headquarters for the Thomas Flyer cars competing in the race.