“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Melbourne Hotel

Melbourne Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
1. Melbourne Hotel Marker
Inscription. The Melbourne Hotel was first opened on the evening of September 23, 1924, with several hundred guests in attendance.

Elton Hall was the promoter of the hotel and celebrated his 36th birthday on the day of the opening.

That same year (1924), the Melbourne Municipal Band was organized (D.P. Barber, Director), the Melbourne State Bank opened in the "banking rooms of the hotel," prize fighter Jack Dempsy stopped at the Maddox Cafe in Melbourne, and a bear was killed near the city by hunters.

Electric power (furnished by the Melbourne Utilities Co.) was unpredictable and if one of the two boilers was inoperative, the town, as well as the new hotel, could be without lights for several nights.
Location. 28° 4.741′ N, 80° 36.221′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from Harbor City Boulevard (U.S. 1). Touch for map. Marker can be found in the parking lot on the west side of the 1900 building. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of the 1900 Building (a few steps from this marker); The First Congregational Church of Melbourne (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct
The 1900 Building image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
2. The 1900 Building
Formerly the Melbourne Hotel.
line); Florida East Coast Railroad (about 400 feet away); Campbell Park (about 500 feet away); Myles Building (about 600 feet away); Carleton Hotel - Idlewylde Hotel (about 700 feet away); Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk (approx. 0.2 miles away); Front Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
Additional comments.
1. Memories of the Melbourne Hotel while staying with my grandparents
I remember in the late 40's and 50's many times going to the hotel with my grandmother Ella Singleton for lunch or meeting my grandfather whose office was just around the corner. I have several pictures from the hotel when she was in her glory. I was always treated like a princess while there in the hotel and all of the staff were so nice.

Editor's Note: Thank you for sharing some of your history related to this marker. If you would care to share some pictures of the hotel in its glory days, please consider posting them here.
Thank you,
    — Submitted June 23, 2012, by Patricia Hall Hannigan of Norfolk, Virginia.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 681 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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