Historic Dallas Hotels

Historic Dallas Hotels

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In Dallas's infancy, accommodations for the traveler arriving by stage or horseback consisted of boardinghouses or unfurnished rooms, but within 10 years of the city's founding, Dallas could boast about what is considered to be its first hotel: Thomas Crutchfield's log cabin and livery stable. As the village evolved from town to city, these early facilities were replaced with elegantly appointed hotels that rivaled those in New York or Chicago and established Dallas as a modern city. As the 20th century progressed, many older hotels were replaced with up-to-date facilities, and the rise of the automobile following World War II saw the establishment of dozens of motels and motor courts. There were accommodations for every type of traveler, and Dallas had established itself as a hotel town.

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  • Paperback | 127 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 5.08mm | 317.51g
  • Arcadia Publishing (SC)
  • United States
  • English
  • 0738578797
  • 9780738578798

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Title: Historic Dallas Hotels Book Review Author: Jackie McElhaney Publisher: Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas Date: 5/1/2010 If you stop and think about it, we are all capable of time travel when we pick up a book which brings the past to life using photographs and other illustrations that speak across decades, and even centuries. Historic Dallas Hotels provides just such a trip, as author Sam Childers takes us from the Crutchfield House (Dallas's first true hotel) to the vote for the to be- completed Omni Dallas Hotels & Resorts, with a myriad of hotels and their stories in between. Using photographs, postcards, and other primary sources to illustrate the subject, Childers has found gold, including a treasure of never before seen images from The Adolphus Archives. Those archives would be a rich source for a book about the Adolphus Hotel, which will celebrate its centennial in 2012. Childers' book is filled with delightful images and informative captions relating lesser known facts about Dallas hotels that eventually closed or fell victim to fire or the wrecking ball. For example, President Theodore Roosevelt stayed at the Oriental Hotel in 1905 and President William Howard Taft followed him there in 1909 while visiting Dallas. During the 1930s, Lawrence Welk and a four-piece band entertained diners at lunchtime in the Baker Hotel basement cafeteria. For the 1959 Neiman Marcus South American Fortnight, a llama named Linda Lee was housed in a special suite at the Statler Hilton, which was down the street from Neimans. Childers has the picture to prove it. Dallas profited from the dreams of a number of ambitious men who believed the city was ready for their particular hotel. Adolphus Busch of St. Louis built the Adolphus Hotel on the site of the 1888 Dallas City Hall, which city fathers agreed to tear down to accommodate Busch's wishes to locate a new hotel across from the Oriental Hotel. (A new Beaux-

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