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Ardmore in Carter County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Randol Hotel

 
 
Randol Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 21, 2019
1. Randol Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Before 1899, J.W. Banks built, at this site, a mercantile establishment combined with lodging quarters. In 1903, W.F. (Dixie) Gilmer arrived from North Carolina and leased the hotel which was a three story structure with rooms on the second and third floors and long, wide verandas facing Main Street. As was the custom of the day, a horse-drawn carriage carried guests of the hotel to and from the train station.

But it was the Randol Hotel that international attention was focused on this location when on November 21, 1920, Jake Hamon, prominent oil man and political figure slated to become Secretary of the Interior under President-elect Warren G. Harding, was shot by his mistress and died a few days later. The murder trial of Clara Smith Hamon in 1921, which ended in acquittal, was closely followed by newspapers around the world through reports from the mass media that descended upon Ardmore.

On July 17, 1925, fire of undetermined origin destroyed this famous landmark.
 
Erected by Ardmore Main Street Authority.
 
Location. 34° 10.4′ 

Randol Hotel Marker above haystack, in bushes. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 21, 2019
2. Randol Hotel Marker above haystack, in bushes.
N, 97° 7.858′ W. Marker is in Ardmore, Oklahoma, in Carter County. Marker is on West Main Street (Oklahoma Route 199) west of B Street NW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 West Main Street, Ardmore OK 73401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Luke’s Music Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Courthouse (1898) (within shouting distance of this marker); Noble Brothers Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Ardmoreite Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Masonic Temple 1896 (about 800 feet away); Hotel Wisnor/Carter-Booker Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Killing of US Marshal Dow Braziel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daubes’ Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ardmore.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Jake Hamon. (Submitted on November 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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