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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Second Section Lethbndge. Alberta, Saturday. November 23, 1974 Pages 13-20 PRINCE JF WALES HOTEL It s bepp 6C vesrs since American raiinja'J haron Louis Kill stood on tms windswept knoll overlooking Wsterton Lake ipd dieamed of bu'lding a iuxuiv hole! 11 this remote pristine mountain And build it he did Completed .n 192? at 4he then staggentig cost of OOC Prince of 'Vales Hotel an eioujent monument to thp boundless veaitn of its visionary builder An landmark that orr niands the attention and awe of all who Lakes National Park, the statelv manv gabled has fiied the imagination of Countless peool0 Lethoridge businessman Fred Weatherup is no exception If it s humanly possio'e I want to buy it savs tre outspoken fre-1 enterpr'ser vino now holds an option to pi'rchise thp h'stonr Pnp'-p from its Amen'an owners Glacier Inr A tniowoack to the era of Rockeieller style capital.sm thp Prince a'so svrnbohzes a glamorous era Wealhe'up to revivf His dream To buv the apng haughty Pnncp and retuir it to its ney ddv as the Swinging Prince around wrch Watt-rton s life revolved Todav he lament- the once proud bear1; a hostile and forbidd.ng face 'scares hell out of people By restricting bar and meal hours and c-ppearmg to cater only to registered giiest> he savs the Prince has slipped f-om us 'offj perch as thp place >'hcre the action is Alive and swinging and full of peo pie .s how Weatherup remembers the grand old sovereign Twenty five years ago a voang Weatherup then a finance company just working for a iiv.ng would hitchike from Letnhndge to Waterton for weekends n da'.s hp wiulan t spend nie'it at the because he I just couidn t afford u While OF A'JO DECAY Story by Gughtred Rfck Ervfn photos >B Har' FRED WEATHERUP WANTS 1C SEE FUSTV ALIVE AND SWINGING AGAIN those days are long gone for the successful automotive reta.ler and entrepreneur Weatnerup he still won t in dpv of the Prince s 85 ceaar panelled room" 'THIRD CLASS' And he refuses to recommend the hotel to anyone because of its third class accommodation and "we-don t reed vou atmosphere The Prince, he adds is no longei ihe hotel it vvas Gieat Nor'pern Railway sold n in 'he earlv fPs But back in the late 40s he recalls the Prince was enjoyed bv most park visitors The tavern was a popular watering hole for people seeking com panv and warm seats before an open fireplace The tavern is gone, now And so are the cms when neople flocked to enjoy tts hospitality Since the good old aavs Weatherup savs the phvsical condition of the building has deteriorated "This hotel needs to be brought into the 20th Cen- turv It just isn t up to modern stan visitors a first class hotel IIP and tne Pnnc" swing agan be a one that bpckons ard welcomes he savs But before tt e ambitious Weatherup can lift its weathered but doughtv face, he has to bus the Prince NATIONALISM t j buy the hotel a vear jnurntah'p reply all 1 1 fills thp n MjriTT n up wjth the monev how much rnonev he won t disc'os13 hut he dcesn t denv the rumored million price tag It sounds like a bargain it cost almo i that mtich ti ouiid 50 But Weatherup points out he s not buying a going business with an established clientele and proven profit record What hp s buying is a building a building he sav fixing up p worst wa1 Wli'e he foresees running a profit hp interest (n a bank is make money But he does see some tr >uble finding partners to help buv and restore the hotel It s not 'sound economics he pitched green shake roof, and more can be created by converting three bm'dings used for staff quarters visitors looking for a hotel room lv have just as much right to overnight accommodation as tenters and campers and this summer some 500 000 people trooped through park gates Without renovations though park visitors v.ill refuse to stav in run-down dif; Pnnce at a r to His first offer ago brought 'TV' i Glac ie- IT Pri federal govpmment Its an S ooportunity for the 'feds to hplp bring the ownership of the Prince to Canada 'It mav sound he ad- mits but the Prince is a unique historic landmark in a national park I d r tl.T go to the than i Toi-vo bank !-f not government help in h.gfi r.sk bw-retu-n vpntur0 Ahicn wil! benefit Canadians7 The davb of Hil' are over he goes on and the "feds will demand and receive total "accountability from anvone us ing government money Weatherup bridles at cr.tinsm of his overtures to Ottawa tv The Herald in an 21 nrrii r t j iniritr oand U'l hi a nationalist harangue over their alleg ea rcl-Jctance to ic Canadian and patrons in to tours Weat.ierup s second offcr made aflf-r IP-- ndtionalistir- sortie met with Glacier s The energetic until F3ec 51 t" com" H ti hio b il a. tidnts f: j! 1 op Tnp wir- Anuu aft a change in own pcrtumlv to pav reasoned Despite IDS schi.ialt7v attachment for tne Pri-ie a 'uck is still a huck for Weithrrup Tr.e h-j'pi he will pav i's o vn One quarle" of riil noiC' n s ii ih' park are under tip Prirr' OHARM OF ITS OWN descnbes as "right ut of ti.e boondocks Wood panelling in all rooms needs cedar floorboards i 'ti-t ix c