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Posted - 09/11/2021 :  10:47:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In my work with a book a question came up:

How much did a lodger have to pay for accomodation (a bed and food) for one week in a Guest House / Boarding House in a village in Iowa in 1873?

Thank you for any suggestions.

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Posted - 09/11/2021 :  18:19:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ad ad in the Des Moines Daily Iowa State Register dated Sat 18 Jan 1873 for Laurie's European Hotel and Restaurant gives prices per night as from 50cts to $1.00 per.

A little about the industry:

Edited by - jkmarler on 10/11/2021 01:22:45
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Posted - 10/11/2021 :  16:46:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for information. I saw in your link that "In New York in 1869, the cost of living in a boarding house ranged from $2.50 to $40 a week". In Iowa, I guess, it was cheaper, perhaps from $2 and up?
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