Donald Trump would have you believe he’s a savvy businessman who has made sacrifices and seen “tremendous success.” But it was his grandfather Friedrich Trump who set the family on a course for business success, which he enjoyed early on by selling booze and sex to gold miners in northern Canada.
Bloomberg reported Wednesday on the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel, an establishment that offered food, alcohol and sex workers to miners seeking riches amid the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century.
But Trump, who left Germany at the age of 16 before making his way to New York and eventually B.C., didn’t go looking for gold in any mountain. He was more focused on “mining the miners,” biographer Gwenda Blair told the news agency. Trump and partner Ernest Levin initially established the Arctic Hotel in Bennett, B.C. in 1899, in a place that was once a thriving hub for prospectors.
The Arctic Restaurant advertised itself as the “best equipped” place in Bennett, offering “every delicacy in the market” including “oysters in every style,” said an ad in the Bennett Sun newspaper. The venue also offered “elegantly furnished private boxes for ladies and parties.”
It made most of its money from “liquor and sex,” Blair wrote in her biography, The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire.
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