Many people do not realize that Caddo has had several fine hotels since it's establishment next to the railroad. Here is a brief history of some of them...and proof that they weren't just a place to sleep.
July 2, 1875
Rail Road Hotel Ball
There will be a Ball at the Railroad Hotel in Caddo on Saturday night, July 3rd. Ice cream to cool off and good music. Admission for gentlemen and ladies $2.00. Doors open at 7:30 p. m. J. H. Vieno
November 23, 1875
Mr. T. E. Kirkley has bought the Railroad Hotel at this place, formerly owned and run by J. H. Vieno, and is thoroughly renovating the entire premises.
January 25, 1876
Mr. Kirkley, of the Rail Road Hotel is doing a much needed piece of work in extending his side walk down the east side of the track, opposite the depot.
March 7, 1876
A new hotel called the St. James is now open to the public and under the management of Mrs. Sims, who is an experienced hostess and will doubtless receive a good share of patronage.
March 14, 1876
The Oklahoma Hotel has been remodeled and refurnished and is now open to the public under the management of Mrs. Fox.
April 4, 1876
Grand Ball and Oyster Supper- At the Oklahoma Hotel on Wednesday evening, April 5th, 1876. We cordially invite the public to attend. Music by the Caddo String Band. Dancing to commence at 8 o’clock. Admission $1.50.
February 22, 1877
The Saint James Hotel is being painted which gives it a very fine appearance.
From the diary of Albert Markham, 1878
Caddo station was reached at half-past three in the afternoon, and here I alighted with my luggage. From this place to Fort Sill, my destination, I had to travel by stage a distance of one hundred and sixty-three miles. It was rather annoying to find, on making inquiries, that the stage would not leave for forty-eight hours, and that I should therefore be compelled to spend that period in Caddo. It was not a delightful prospect to look forward to, but there was no alternative ; so, putting the best face on the matter, I walked into a small wooden establishment situated near the station, on the front of which was painted in very large letters " Railway Hotel," and engaged a room, the only one I think in the house, whose sole furniture was a bed and a wash-hand stand; but so much space did the former occupy, and so little room was there to move, that the chamber might very truly be said to be a great deal over-furnished.
November 1, 1878
Saint James Hotel
Caddo, I. T.
The Saint James Hotel is situated in the most central location in Caddo on the corner of Buffalo Street and Main. Those who have stopped there are filled with praises of the
COMFORTABLE ROOMS AND EXCELLENT TABLE
and the accommodating hostess, Mrs. Grayson.
A baggage wagon will meet all trains to carry the passenger’s luggage to and from the hotel. A hack will be sent for passengers if required. Good room for sample room.
A LARGE LIVERY, FEED, AND SALE STABLE
is attached to the hotel where parties may be accommodated with good rigs at reasonable prices.
Indian Chieftain (Vinita)
November 5, 1891
A Newspaper Meeting
…Elaborate preparations had been made by the citizens of Caddo for the entertainment of their guests and a banquet was spread at the Nail Hotel which will not be surpassed in variety or in excellence in this territory for many days to come….
December 22, 1893
Col. Walker has rented the Nail Hotel and will take charge of it the 25th. We predict for him a success.
September 7, 1894
Things look odd since the Rail Hotel has been moved.
May 31, 1895
Mr. J. T. Seal, of Bonham, Texas, accompanied by his daughter, Miss Johnnie, niece, Miss Fannie Graham, and G. D. Barnes, visited Caddo Sunday and Monday. Mr. Seal came over to purchase the Walker Hotel, but was a little too late as it had already been sold. Mr. Seal is an excellent gentleman and whist he failed to secure the hotel, we trust his visit so impressed him that he will decide to become a citizen of Caddo. Mr. Seal says that Caddo has the finest territory surrounding it of any town he ever visited. This is saying a great deal for our town as he lives at Bonham in the heart of the Black Land Belt of Texas.
June 14, 1895
Mr. Phillips and family, who have bought out the Nail Hotel, are daily expected to take charge of same; we wish him much success.
June 28, 1895
Mr. E. E. Bull is the proprietor of the best hotel- the Nail House. He is a genial gentleman. His rooms are comfortable and airy and his table abounds in all the market affords. It is the home of the traveling man.
December 5, 1902
Rev. J. D. Wagner performed the marriage ceremony for a young couple at the Sims Hotel Wednesday evening. Guests of the hotel were witnesses. The names could not be secured.
January 3, 1903
Mr. and Mrs. Ira L. Smith attended the Houston (?) Hayes nuptials at Atoka Wednesday. The wedding party returned yesterday and ate New Year’s dinner at the Nail Hotel.
The Caddo Herald
March 20, 1903
Assaulted With a Hatchet
While peacefully eating his breakfast at the Sims Hotel last Friday morning, Sam Heath, a butcher at this place, was assaulted with a hatchet by Annie Smith, a Negro woman who emerged from the kitchen. The wound is a nasty, painful gash and the skull is thought to be fractured.
After being hit, Heath retaliated, and for a few moments there was a disquiet domicile. The woman was slightly injured and Heath has been confined to his room in a critical condition. The Negro was placed under arrest by City Marshal Jim Jackson, who sent word to the federal authorities, who arrested the woman and the preliminary hearing was had before commissioner Parker at Durant Tuesday. Being unable to make a $700 bond, she was escorted to the Atoka jail to await the action of the grand jury.
The Trade Bulletin of Oklahoma and Indian Territory
March 10, 1906
Special- Contractor J. F. Lamb will have the Moon Hotel and opera house completed about March 15. The building is to be of pressed brick and stone trimmings, 60x100 feet, 2 stories, and basement. Coon & Pierce Bros. have the contract to install the steam heating apparatus, and W. H. Blackburn is to do the decorating and paint the scenery. The building will cost $30,000.
February 25, 1910
Ad- John Schenk, blacksmith- next door to the Brick Hotel, across the street from Lingo-Leeper Lumber Yard.
January 5, 1912
Several young men, members of Mr. Brigance’s Sunday school class, calling themselves “The Heathen”, entertained about thirty of their friends with a most excellent dinner Christmas night at the Williams Hotel. Despite the downpour of rain the dining room was crowded and all present had the jolliest time ever. Long may the “Heathen” live.
April 11, 1913
Misses Vista Slack, Neva Ray, Mary Howe, Lillie Maytubby, Ruth and Pauline Whitehurst; Messrs. Ernest Bass, Henry Bass, Ernest Pitchlynn, W. C. Ernest, Hugh Maytubby, and Floyd Maytubby, formed a dinner party at the Williams Hotel last Thursday evening in honor of the Misses Whitehurst of Denison. It was an enjoyable affair.
April 17, 1914
Why suffer with eye strain when the proper lenses prescribed by Dr. I. Levy, expert optician, will relieve you? He will be at the Williams Hotel April 29th.
June 11, 1915
H.C. Kuschke has reopened the Williams, or Brick Hotel, calling it the New Royal. Mr. and Mrs. Williams have moved to the Robbins residence on Arkansas Street where they serve meals. Mr. Kuschke and his excellent family come from south Texas and are splendid people, whom Caddo is glad to have as citizens.
McGee Hotel (formerly Cottage Hotel)
January 17, 1919
Am open to engagements for practical home nursing. See or phone Mrs. C.C. Rumsey, at Cottage Hotel.
Amyett’s Electric Shoe Shop, old Cottage Hotel lot