Red Hill wasn’t considered a separate neighborhood so much as it was part of greater Elmview. That began to change in the late nineteenth century, when relatively large numbers of German, Austrian, and Polish immigrants settled there. They soon began to leave their mark on the neighborhood, but it wasn’t until the early twentieth century that Red Hill achieved a separate identity.
When the United States went to war with Germany in 1917, residents in the rest of Elmview were quick to try to distance themselves from their Hunnish neighbors by referring to that part of the city as “Red Hill” instead of “eastern Elmview”.
The situation worsened with the rise of Nazi Germany and, eventually, the conflagration of World War II. The fact that both federal officials and masked mystery men like the Raven fought secret Bundist conspiracies, fifth columnists, and Nazi secret agents in Red Hill during the 1930s only exacerbated the problem.
Red Hill remains basically a working-class neighborhood with small businesses, light industry, and a waterfront, though economically it’s not in nearly as good shape as it was in the first half of the twentieth century.
But the “German character” and insularity of the neighborhood have withered in light of the cultural leveling affect of the modern mass media, demographic shifts, and other societal trends.
- Bob’s Gun Rack
- Elmview Custom Cycles
- Hillside Secondhand Furniture
- Pilsner House
- Hannigan’s Waterfront Dive
While not quite as well-stocked as Collins Guns, Bob’s Gun Rack nevertheless has a lot to offer the discriminating firearms shopper. Bob was a Marine sniper in Vietnam and knows a lot about guns.
Hudsonite motorcyclists from weekend hobbyists to the hardest of hard-core outlaw bikers know that if you want just the right bike, you go to Elmview Custom Cycles.
Local residents looking for a bargain on furniture often stop by Hillside, which carries a large stock of used and remaindered furnishings.
If Budweiser, Miller, and Coors aren’t quite your style, stop by the Pilsner House. In addition to a selection of modern American microbrews and specialty beers, it carries dozens of popular brands of British, German, and Austrian beers.
The cheap beer, pool tables, and mix of classic rock and hard-hitting country music attracts a diverse clientele : dockworkers, their bosses, local residents. A good many of the area’s bikers like to drink here as well.
Harwell’s is in many ways a typical American restaurant.
One side of the place is where you sit down and eat, choosing from a menu that covers many different types of food, from burgers, to pasta, to steaks, to a small list of vegetarian selections. The other side of the building is a bar.
What sets the place apart is the small stage in the restaurant area where live performers can play light jazz or simple modern pop tunes to entertain the patrons.
The ceiling beams are 200 year old oak. The decorations are arms, armor, and other relics from fifteenth and sixteenth century Bavaria.
The menu contains dishes inspired by the food served at the most famous hotels and inns of Germany and Austria, and the beer list includes more than 400 different beers.