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Morning train in Ravenna. The Burlington Hotel on the right was 110-foot frame structure built in 1891, with its own power plant to light the building and grounds. Ravenna was the principal food stop on the line, so its fine dining room was enjoyed by many. There was also a men's lounge and a women's lounge on the first floor. Sparks from a locomotive in 1906 caused a fire which burned it to the ground. Due to high winds, the entire town was endangered. After this incident, all business buildings in Ravenna were required to be of brick. The hotel was not rebuilt.