Osceola in St. Clair County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Old Commercial Hotel
Created from the Lousiana Territory, the Territory of Missouri was established by an Act of Congress in 1812, and became the 24th State on August 10, 1821. Sixteen years later in 1837 there were about sixty people living here on the banks of the Osage. That year the first hotel in the area opened its doors to provide accommodations to the travelers.
It was a double log cabin structure with a passageway between the cabins. The grounds on which the present Commercial Hotel is located were platted in June of 1850. A frame building was constructed on the property. It proudly bore the titles 'Pollard House' and 'Union Inn'
In 1861, the hotel was destroyed by fire in the ferocious raid on the town by Jim Lane during the Civil War. Osceola was the only Missouri town so thoroughly devastated. The present Commercial Hotel building was erected in 1867.
A pleasant gathering place through the span of well over a century, the Commercial Hotel still bears the original bannisters where guest hands were placed so long ago.
President Harry Truman
Actor Tom Mix
Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw Frank James
Outlaw Cole Younger
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman, and the Jesse James series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1850.
Location. 38° 2.827′ N, 93° 42.235′ W. Marker is in Osceola, Missouri, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling south on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 610 2nd Street, Osceola MO 64776, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Osceola (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Clair County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacking of Osceola (approx. 0.6 miles away); Weaubleau Christian Institute and College (approx. 13.9 miles away); John Whitaker (approx. 13.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 14 miles away).
Also see . . . Burning of Osceola - Newspaper Accounts. Legends of America website entry (Submitted on November 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.