Columbia in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Bethel House Hotel
1882 - 1949
On this site stood the stately, historic Bethel House Hotel, built by W. D. Bethel. Construction was the commercial center of Columbia. The first floor was devoted to stores, restaurants and offices. The second floor held a ballroom, meeting rooms,and offices. The third floor held the lodging accommodations, with the whole being quite ornate and upscale. In 1949 a fire started in the adjacent Princess Theatre, which destroyed both structures.
Erected by City of Columbia, Tennessee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 35° 36.91′ N, 87° 2.161′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker is on West 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia TN 38401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Princess Theatre (here, next to this marker); James K. Polk House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Knox Polk (about 400 feet away); Nelson House Hotel (about 800 feet away); Freedmen's Savings Bank and Trust Company1946 Columbia Race Riot (approx. ¼ mile away); A.J. Morton Funeral Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Columbia Fire Department (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2019, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2019, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.