May 19 2011 Exclusive: Krug’s Hotel in Mineola During the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Krug's East Williston Hotel was on the Vanderbilt Cup Courses for the 1904, 1905 and 1906 races. Oddly enough, a photo of the hotel on the northwest corner of the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue in Mineola during the 1904 race had never been published.... until now:



Spectators had a great view of the race on the balcony of the hotel on the north side of Jericho Turnpike.


A rope was used to hold the crowd from roaming on to the course.


A premium price of up to $25 per car ($600 today) was charged for parking on both sides of Jericho Turnpike.


Within walking distance of the Mineola station for the Long Island Railroad, Krug's Hotel attracted thousands of spectators to this section of the course.

Other views of Krug's Hotel from 1905 to 1910:



Roslyn photographer William Pickering captured the #7 Locomobile passing Krug's Hotel on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola.




Trade magazine Motor World called the Jericho Turnpike section of the course as “ that living, craning, waving lane from Mineola to the stand.” As the race began, spectators broke though six foot protective fences at Krug’s Hotel in Mineola to venture on to the road.




Approximately two miles from the 1910 course, Krug’s Hotel was still a great place for friends to gather, swap stories and leave in groups for choice vantage spots around the course.

Links to related posts on

Film “Krug’s Hotel: The Best Accommodations on the Course”

Peter Helck and a Piece of Locomobile Vanderbilia

Amazing Photos from the Archives of the Nassau County Division of Museum Services


May 22 2011 Bruce Adams 7:23 AM

I felt I was there across the street imagining those primative high displacement race cars flying by.

May 22 2011 penny havard 7:27 AM

A sure sign of Spring. The Black Beast has awakened.

May 22 2011 Bob Thomas 12:22 PM

Race viewing has certainly changed over the years. This type of crowd control is more like Rally spectating in Europe, which is not unlike the Vanderbilt Cup races, over public roads and the cars somewhat spaced out.

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