Louisiana native John Joshua Ott (1867-1939) and his wife Sallie Wiggins Ott (1874-1963) of San Jacinto County hired contractor Elza Burch to build the hotel. Completed in late 1928 adjacent to the Texas & New Orleans Railroad tracks and very near the depot, the Ott Hotel was well positioned to serve train passengers and was known as a drummer hotel, named for the traveling salesmen of the day. Its location was also ideally suited for automobile tourists on the Old Spanish Trail (later State Highway 3 and U.S. Highway 90), as well as those with business in the nearby county courthouse.
The hotel's original design included 50 rooms in an L-shaped building footprint, with community baths in the middle of the long hall. Dining room and parlor space was later converted into additional rooms. A sign painted on the bricks on the side along the railroad attracted new arrivals. This two-story brick building features
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2005
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13537.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Old Spanish National Trail marker series.
Location. 30° 3.475′ N, 94° 47.831′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Texas, in Liberty County. Marker is on Travis Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Travis Street, Liberty TX 77575, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James B. Woods (here, next to this marker); Col. Edward Bradford Pickett (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Houston's Law Office (about 400 feet away); Sam Houston in Liberty County (about 500 feet away); The Seven Courthouses of Liberty County (about 500 feet away); Plaza Constitucional (about 500 feet away); Plaza de Mercado (about 500 feet away); Captain William M. Logan (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty.
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