1904 Cambridge Springs International Chess Congress
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Here is yours truly in Cambridge Springs on July 4, 2003.
Welcome Historical Marker
"Between 1894 and 1915 this was a major health resort, founded upon the various mineral springs here. Dr. John H. Gray, who had discovered spring water on his farm, began prescribing and marketing it in 1884. By the early 1900s over forty inns and resort hotels were operating, including the palatial Hotel Rider and the Riverside Inn. Passenger trains ran here daily. Ultimately, changes in medical practices ended this health spa's heyday." - PA Historical Marker in Cambridge Springs, PA.

Below left is an Erie Railroad Advertisement that specifically mentions the 1904 chess tournament. Note the columns of white and black chess pieces, which meet in the distance at the Hotel Rider. Below right is an announcement from the Daily Bulletin referring to a lecture by Dr. Lasker using Mr. Peter Toepfer's patented chessmen. Interestingly, Toepfer purchased one of the chess sets used in the 1904 tournament (more info).
Erie RR Ad (Chess) Lasker Lecture

Here are some postcard images of the Hotel Rider and Cambridge Springs from the era of the tournament, along with other related material. Current photos have been added to complement the original pictures.

Rider Postcard Mentioning CS1904

"The longest journey starts with a single step." (Chinese Proverb) I was at a flea market around 1997 in my home state of Pennsylvania when I came upon a postcard dealer. The dealer had a nice selection of cards organized by city. As fate would have it, the section marked Cambridge Springs caught my eye. (I was already very familiar with the chess significance of the town.) It was here that I found the postcard shown above. From that point forward, I was "hooked" on Cambridge Springs -- this web site is what grew from my purchase of this $2.00 postcard. An interesting note... there were three of these cards there that day but I was a "cheapskate" and only bought one of them. I subsequently wrote to the dealer but he could not find any remaining in his inventory. There is a lesson in here somewhere.
Hotel Rider
The Hotel Rider
Rider Hill
Hill where the Hotel Rider stood
Main Entrance
Hotel Rider Main Entrance
dining room
Hotel Rider American Dining Room
Main Entrance
Hotel Rider Main Entrance
Pool
Hotel Rider Swimming Pool
Rider Corner of Cafe
Corner of Cafe - Hotel Rider
Spring - Hotel Rider
Crystal Lithia Spring - on the grounds of Hotel Rider
Hotel Rider Lobby
Hotel Rider Lobby
Hotel Rider Lobby
Hotel Rider Lobby
Hotel Rider Ballroom
Hotel Rider Ballroom
Hotel Rider Stage
Hotel Rider Stage
Hotel Rider Roof
Hotel Rider Roof
Hotel Rider Veranda
Hotel Rider Veranda
Veranda View
Hotel Rider Veranda View
City View
Hotel Rider City View
View
City View from Rider Roof
View
Similar view from front of Rider site
(blue house is the yellow building at left)
City View
City View
Panorama
Panoramic View of Cambridge Springs before the turn of the century.
Beach Avenue
Beach Avenue (Rider in background)
View
Beach Avenue Today (closer view)
City Hall
Old City Hall - Now the Historical Museum.
Hotel Rider in the background
City Hall Today
Historical Museum (City Hall) Today
Rider Artifacts
Hotel Rider artifacts at the museum.
Memorabilia
Hotel Rider memorabilia
Boardwalk to Gray Mineral Springs
Boardwalk to Gray Mineral Springs
Boardwalk pillars
Boardwalk Pillars today
Gray Mineral Springs
Gray Mineral Springs
Boardwalk pillars
Overgrown area on left is spring house location
Main Street
Main Street
Macadam Drive
Macadam Drive
Main St. Bridge
Main Street Bridge
Main St. Bridge
Main Street Bridge Today
(view from town side)
Erie RR Station
Erie RR Station
Erie RR Station
Trolley Station
Erie RR Station
Erie RR Station
Erie RR Station
Trolley Station
Boat Landing
Boat Landing
French Creek
French Creek
Chadwick Springs
Chadwick Springs
French Creek
French Creek Today
Hotel Barltett
Hotel Bartlett
Hotel Bartlett
[Hotel] Bartlett Today
Hotel Barltett
Hotel Bartlett Rear Court
Hotel Bartlett
Bartlett Rear Court Today
Magnesia Springs
Magnesia Springs
Magnesia Spring
Spring Building Today
Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
Riverside Inn Today
Riverside Casino
Riverside Casino
Riverside Casino
Casino building today
(connected to Riverside Inn)
Rider Golf Course
Rider Golf Course
Tennis Court
Riverside Hotel Tennis Court
Rider Car Pool
Rider Car Pool
Winter Fun
Winter Fun at the Riverside
Arcade
Arcade Building
Arcade Today
Arcade Building Today
Souvenir
Souvenir

Hotel Rider Coin
Hotel Rider Coin

Erie RR Ad
Erie RR Ad

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Advertisement?

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Souvenir Jug

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Souvenir Jug

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Souvenir Glass (Sold for $65 on eBay.)


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