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Hotel Wisnor/Carter-Booker Building

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, October 21, 2019
1. Hotel Wisnor/Carter-Booker Building Marker
Inscription.  The Hotel Wisnor, named in honor of Benjamin Wisnor Carter, prominent Chickasaw citizen, was built on this site in 1884 and was the first and finest establishment of its kind in Indian Territory. The three-story building of brick and stone had 50 rooms and was the first to advertise a room with bath, the bath tub and plumbing fixtures in full view in the corner of the room. Guests arriving by train were driven up Main Street to the hotel entrance on Springer Street (now Washington) in a magnificent stagecoach trimmed in bright red and yellow. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1889.

Patentees of the property and owners of the hotel were Benjamin Wisnor Carter’s son, Charles D. Carter, his widow Carter’s son, Charles D. Charter, his widow, Serena Guy Carter, and Solomon E. Jackson. After Jackson’s death, his interest was purchased by Deputy Marshal David E. Booker. In 1903 the Carter-Booker Building was erected at this location and provided

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By Mark Hilton, October 21, 2019
2. Hotel Wisnor/Carter-Booker Building and Marker
Now known as the Penny Lane Apartments
offices for the Cotton Exchange as well as independent buyers. Many foreign agents came to this address to arrange for purchase and shipping of the prime commodity.

Charles D. Carter served as District Tree’s first representative to Congress after Oklahoma achieved statehood in 1907, a position he held until his death in 1929. He maintained his office and part-time residence in the Carter-Booker Building. Carter County, Carter Seminary and Carter Street are named for this pioneer family.

As soil depletion, oil production and ranching diminished the cotton market, occupants of the Carter-Booker Building changed in character although the Cotton Exchange maintained an office until after 1935 and the last cotton broker remained until 1963. With the advent of World War II, the upper story was converted to apartment space while varied retail businesses continued on the ground floor. In time, the building deteriorated and the upper story was abandoned.

In 1994 the Carter-Booker Building was purchased by Steve and Penny Wells and an extensive process of renovation was initiated to bring the old building back to its original appearance with eight luxury apartments on the

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second floor and multiple-use facilities on the street level. Extensive restoration adhered as closely as possible to the original design. Every effort was made to incorporate existing architectural features and to utilize all salvageable components of the existing structure.
 
Erected by Ardmore Main Street Authority.
 
Location. 34° 10.394′ N, 97° 7.694′ W. Marker is in Ardmore, Oklahoma, in Carter County. Marker is at the intersection of North Washington Street and Paradise Alley, on the left when traveling north on North Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 North Washington 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. Masonic Temple 1896 (within shouting distance of this marker); Killing of US Marshal Dow Braziel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Daubes’ Store (about 400 feet away); Ardmoreite Building (about 600 feet away); Noble Brothers Hardware (about 700 feet away); Federal Courthouse (1898) (about 700
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feet away); Randol Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Luke’s Music Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ardmore.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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