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Cochran House/Fountain Inn - New Castle PA

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The Cochran House was an inn/tavern located on the Diamond and built in the mid-1800’s. During the Civil War riders would arrive here by horseback from Enon Valley to spread the latest news. In 1880 Col. David M. Cubbison bought the hotel and had it extensively remodeled and renamed the Fountain Inn in c1891. (c1898)


Under the ownership of Col. Cubbison until his death in 1905, the hotel became well known by travelers and local residents for its elegance. It was a luxurious establishment that grew to include eighty rooms. The hotel was in business for many years until it was destroyed by a devastating fire on Christmas Eve 1968. (c1908)



In April 1906 the team of Robert M. Allen Jr., the son of the former owner of the old Opera House, and J. Harry Mills purchased the Fountain Inn. Allen pulled out of the venture in January 1908 to open an automobile dealership. Mills stayed with the hotel until he went bankrupt in late 1909. Harry H. Hofius soon purchased the hotel and managed it until he too went bankrupt in 1911. The contents of the hotel were sold at auction in June 1911 and Sarah E. (Graham) Cubbison, the widow of Col. Cubbison, reacquired the hotel building in early 1912. I believe the Cubbison family retained ownership for a number of years. (c1906) Full Size


The bar of the old Fountain Hotel. (c1908) Full Size



The lobby of the then-upscale Fountain Inn, one of the finest and most popular hotels in the region. (c1920) Full Size


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The Fountain Inn (Hotel) was renovated and it’s appearance updated over the years. It was lost to a raging fire on December 24, 1968. The site is now a vacant lot where South Cochran Way meets the Diamond. (c1965) Full Size


The dining room of the Fountain Inn – or Fountain Hotel as the facade reads – as it appeared in later years. (c1965) Full Size

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  1. according to my g/gfathers wedding accouncement in new castle news on sept 13, 1883 they were married in the ““Fountain House”“. this date doesn’t correlate with the dates above. [stating that it was the Cochran house until 1891??] It was called the Fountain Inn in 1883…..???

    please let me know the progression of events

    ray >>>> rhsaviers@aol.com

    ray saviers · 03/06/2014 08:26 AM · #

  2. my wife’s great grand parents owned the fountain inn. col.d.m. cubbison. those dates are correct. there was a fountain inn in new castle, Delaware opened in 1734 and the building still standing.

    jim brown · 08/08/2015 04:38 PM · #