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The Last of the Bismarck Motor Hotel Gets Torn Down

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After burning down in January 2011.

The last of the remaining part of the Bismarck Motor Hotel is being torn down to make way for a new motel.

"We never planned on tearing it down and starting it over, now we are." says Dan Frank, owner.

Bismarck Motor Hotel owner Dan Frank watches as the last of what was his business for 12 years gets demolished.

"Didn't plan on tearing it down two years ago, but after the one part got burnt out with regulations and rules, we decided to tear it all down and come up with a new plan." says Frank.

In January 2011, a fire displaced around 55 residents and destroyed much of the hotel--here since 1933.

"Nobody knows, they say it was accidental, don't know if it was electrical or what...Bothered me when it burned down, but it is what it is, nothing I can do about it." says Frank.

Frank says fire insurance did help to pick up the pieces, and a need for housing in the area led him to rebuild.

"The housing in town, they're short of a lot of housing, I didn't want to get out of the business, I like the business..."

"We got wet and dry sprinkler system one in the attic, one in each room, so yeah, the older buildings never had those codes, now for if a fire would start, it would put it out right away." says Frank.

Lessons learned, as he watches the older building turn into a pile of rubble.

But its legacy will continue, sharing a similar name with the new Bismarck Motor Motel.

"It's a landmark, I just couldn't change it, '33 it was built, remodeled in '66, so we're going to give it a new life, start over." he says.

Frank says many of the displaced residents were moved to some of his other properties, and some may end up in the new motel when it opens in June or July.

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