Jul 24 2013

Who Was Hugh?

Take yourself downstairs, beneath the Old St. Francis hotel, to our brewery there, currently headed up by Mike "Curly" White.

Old St. Francis Stairway to BreweryLooking closely at this photo to the right, you can just make out a man’s face, peering through the window at left from the side of a fermentation tank. Who is that guy? It’s Hugh O’Kane (1854–1930), namesake of our O’Kanes Pub.

Yes, but who was he? His story is remarkable, and includes references to boxing in South Africa, imprisonment in Cuba, wrestling in Arabia, owning a Kentucky Derby-winning horse, the KKK and more….

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