“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Liberty in Liberty County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Ott Hotel

Ott Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, April 22, 2018
1. Ott Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Built to capitalize on oil boom prosperity, the Ott Hotel became a Liberty landmark. The regional economy in the early 20th century focused on trade, timber and agriculture. The discovery of large oil fields, including Batson (15 mi. NE) and South Liberty (4 mi. S), brought great activity to Liberty as the nearest rail connection, and many new buildings went up, including restaurants, general stores and this railroad hotel.

Louisiana native John Joshua Ott (1867-1939) and his wife Sallie Wiggins Ott (1874-1963) of San Jacinto County hired contractor Elza Burch to build the hotel. Completed in late 1928 adjacent to the Texas & New Orleans Railroad tracks and very near the depot, the Ott Hotel was well positioned to serve train passengers and was known as a drummer hotel, named for the traveling salesmen of the day. Its location was also ideally suited for automobile tourists on the Old Spanish Trail (later State Highway 3 and U.S. Highway 90), as well as those with business in the nearby county courthouse.

The hotel's original design included 50 rooms in an L-shaped building footprint, with community baths in the middle of the long

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hall. Dining room and parlor space was later converted into additional rooms. A sign painted on the bricks on the side along the railroad attracted new arrivals. This two-story brick building features paired windows and has a prominent four-bay front porch with tapered wood columns, a low-pitch roof and brick detailing. Craftsman-style exposed rafter trails outline the porch and the entire building. Several managers operated the hotel, and the property remained in the Ott family until 2002.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2005
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13537.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Old Spanish National Trail series list.
Location. 30° 3.475′ N, 94° 47.831′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Texas, in Liberty County. Marker is on Travis Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Travis Street, Liberty TX 77575, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James B. Woods (here, next to this marker); Col. Edward Bradford Pickett (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Houston's Law Office (about 400 feet away); Sam Houston in Liberty County

Ott Hotel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, April 22, 2018
2. Ott Hotel
(about 500 feet away); The Seven Courthouses of Liberty County (about 500 feet away); Plaza Constitucional (about 500 feet away); Plaza de Mercado (about 500 feet away); Captain William M. Logan (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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