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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Covington in Tipton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Hotel Lindo

Hotel Lindo Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 25, 2022
1. Hotel Lindo Marker
This property has been
placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

by the United States
Department of the Interior

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 35° 33.882′ N, 89° 38.813′ W. Marker is in Covington, Tennessee, in Tipton County. Marker is on West Liberty Avenue (Tennessee Route 54) west of North Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 W Liberty Ave, Covington TN 38019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isaac Hayes (within shouting distance of this marker); Tipton County Confederate Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tipton County in the Civil War (about 400 feet away); Canaan Missionary Baptist Church History (about 500 feet away); St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (about 800 feet away); Frances Boyd Calhoun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Goode
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
Regarding Hotel Lindo. Excerpt from the National Register nomination:
The Hotel Lindo, built in 1901, is being nominated under Criteria A and C. The building is significant in the social and commercial history of Covington, Tennessee, and the architectural development of the community. Because the Hotel Lindo was Covington's only hotel from its completion until the early 1950's, it became the hub of social life in Covington. Clubs met there, it was where important visitors could be encountered by townfolk, and important events frequently had an association with the hotel. Architecturally, the Lindo has had a strong impact upon the character of Covington's public square. In 1901, the hotel's design combined Italianate and Romanesque features in a fashion unique among the other commercial buildings about the square. Today it remains a prominent local landmark.

The Hotel Lindo's construction was financed by three of the most prominent and progressive men in Covington: Green B. Gillespie, W.C. Shelton, and C.E. McFadden. Gillespie, a physician, studied in Berlin, Vienna, Edinburgh,
Hotel Lindo image. Click for more information.
via NPS, unknown
2. Hotel Lindo
National Register of Historic Places Digital Archive on NPGallery website entry
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and served as clinical assistant to Lord Joseph Lister in London. He would later gain distinction in 1936 as the oldest practicing physician in Tennessee at age 92. Shelton and McFadden were two of the wealthiest landholders in Tipton County. Their progressive livery firm of McFadden, Shelton, and McClanahan was the site of the county's first telephone installation, and registered the first sale of an automobile.
Hotel Lindo Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 25, 2022
3. Hotel Lindo Marker
J.J. Darby Barber Shop image. Click for full size.
via Tennessee State Library & Archives (Public Domain), circa 1900
4. J.J. Darby Barber Shop
The barber shop was located inside the Lindo Hotel.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2. submitted on June 28, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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