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

Dixie Hotel

Dixie Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, November 20, 2021
1. Dixie Hotel Marker
Inscription.  On September 2, 1915, the Canton Herald announced plans for a new hotel. Its site along the Dixie Highway gave the hotel its name and a prime location to attract travelers and residents. The hotel’s square floor plan included two full floors with wraparound gallery porches, and dormer windows and a half-floor in the attic. Sheriff John Kellis, the owner and contractor, sold the hotel for $2,750 to Mrs. A. R. Maume and her daughter, Mamie, on October 18, 1916. Mamie became the hotel manager. In 1919, she oversaw construction of a two-story annex.

The Dixie Hotel became known regionally for its lodging and meals. Maggie Bowles, and later Aarona Maxie and her sister, Nannie Hambrick, were the renowned cooks. For 85 cents on weekdays, or a dollar on Sundays, a customer could eat all he wanted. U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson arrived by helicopter to sample some of Aarona’s good cooking. The Dixie had two dining rooms, one public and one private. The private room was used by juries during long trials. The hotel was also visited by politicians, businessmen, and such celebrities as Will Rogers, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. When
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the Van oil field drew hundreds of men and women in the 1920s and 1930s, the Dixie was always full, and cots were even placed on the porches to accommodate all the people. Pure Oil Company contracted with Miss Mamie for a separate office space and living quarters behind the hotel. Dallas and Fort Worth newspaper articles about the hotel brought motorists to Canton, while residents enjoyed Sunday singing, organization meetings, and Aggie Muster at the Dixie. Miss Mamie operated the hotel until May 5, 1954, the day she died. The Dixie closed for good that night.
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17490.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is September 2, 1915.
Location. 32° 33.392′ N, 95° 51.747′ W. Marker is in Canton, Texas, in Van Zandt County. Marker is at the intersection of East Dallas Street (State Highway 64) and South Capitol Street, on the right when traveling west on East Dallas Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 East Dallas Street, Canton TX 75103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Caldwell Walton Raines (within shouting distance of this marker); Oran Milo Roberts (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Zandt County Courthouse (within
Dixie Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, November 20, 2021
2. Dixie Hotel Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Site of 1896 Van Zandt County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Isaac and Frances Van Zandt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John H. Reagan (about 300 feet away); Isaac Van Zandt (about 300 feet away); The Canton Herald (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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