The Rookery, later rebranded as the Park Hotel, was built by the Pittsburg Company in Ellwood City in 1895. It stood right alongside the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) tracks – adjacent to the Union Station train station – in what became downtown Ellwood City. City founder Henry Hartman, as head of the Pittsburg Company, had offices in the building for a time. Exactly what happened (and when) to this hotel has always been a mystery. However, I recently found evidence that the owners, Mr. and Mrs. George Stone, closed up the hotel in May 1911 due to a lack of business. It was later torn down and a new business block was built in its place.