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Seguin in Guadalupe County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Magnolia Hotel

est 1844

 
 
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By Larry D. Moore, July 28, 2020
1. The Magnolia Hotel Marker
Inscription.  The Magnolia Hotel was originally built as a 2 room log cabin in 1840 by Texas Ranger James Campbell co-founder of Seguin. About 1844 the rear 3 room adobe (limecrete) structure was added and this became Seguin's first frontier hotel and stagecoach stop. This is also the location that legendary Texas Ranger John Coffee Hays married Susan Calvert daughter of the prominent hotel owner. Note that the stone stump still remains where servants would stand and announce the arrival of the stagecoach or pending Indian attack by ringing of the once Alamo bell. As the Indian raids continued until 1855, the underground safety shelter was dug out by hand beneath the main building that also served as the towns first jail. In 1852 the second story was added creating the finest 10 room hotel in the area. After the town survived the attacks from the Mexican Army, Comanche Indians and the perils of the Civil War the hotel regained its luster in 1875 as the first railroad arrived in Seguin. The hotel became the resting stop for thousands of early settlers to Central Texas and the main social gathering point for the town until the late 1900's. In
The Magnolia Hotel and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, July 28, 2020
2. The Magnolia Hotel and Marker
1936 the hotel had fallen into disrepair and was sold and transformed into a private boarding house and residence, and it was lost to the public for many years. The property was purchased in 2013 by Jim Ghedi and Erin Wallace Ghedi and they began the process of bringing the hotel back to its former glory. It is interesting to note over the 175 years of the hotel's existence thousands of guests have checked into the Magnolia Hotel but many say some of them have never checked out.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 29° 34.086′ N, 97° 57.766′ W. Marker is in Seguin, Texas, in Guadalupe County. Marker is at the intersection of East Donegan Street and South Crockett Street, on the right when traveling east on East Donegan Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 S Crockett St, Seguin TX 78155, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel John Ireland (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "White Way" Lighting (about 500 feet away); Guadalupe County, C.S.A. (about 500 feet away); Old Spanish Trail (about 500 feet away); Seguin (about 500 feet away); Guadalupe County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Juan Nepomuceno Seguin
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(about 700 feet away); Historic Dietz Doll House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seguin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.
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