The hotel was known to accommodate the appetites of itinerant miners, including sales of illicit spirits during Prohibition and legal prostitution. The hotel and bar survived the prohibition by turning their bar into a café for sodas, but it was also known that other beverages could be obtained simply by asking. The hotel also operated a brothel at at least two times in its history. At first the hotel's trade in sex was legal, but the second time the hotel was shut down by local authorities
Local legends suggest that the hotel's run with prostitution continue to haunt the hotel. The legend suggests that a woman who turned to prostitution when she thought her miner husband had died can be felt at times in room 219. The woman was not actually widowed and her husband returned after several weeks of working in the mine. Upon seeing her new craft, the miner killed his wife in the hotel.