Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Hotel Grace
At that time, the Grace was the major hotel between Fort Worth and El Paso. The Grace was conveniently located across the street from the T&P Railroad Depot, providing a first class welcome to weary travellers. Originally built with three stories, the hotel added a fourth story in the mid-1920s during one of Abilene’s biggest boom times. The additions included the rooftop dance floor and a kitchen. The next major renovation was in the 1940s, and the name was changed to the Drake Hotel.
During the 1950s and 1960s the hotel declined in quality along with the decline of the railroad as a significant part of Abilene’s economy. In 1973 the hotel closed with the failure of its fifty year old boiler. The Abilene Preservation League saved the building from demolition in 1986.
The building was always used as a hotel. The commercial tenants of the building included a barbershop, a basement recreation club (a pool hall), a bus station, and a Western Union office. The Grace Coffee Shop was a favorite downtown restaurant where Abilenians met to discuss the events of this growing West Texas town.
Location. 32° Touch for map. Marker is mounted to wall to the left of the Cypress Street building entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 Cypress St, Abilene TX 79601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Texas & Pacific Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Abilene Reporter-News (within shouting distance of this marker); The Texas & Pacific Railway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bankhead Highway (about 300 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Pine Street Shootout (about 500 feet away); Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton (about 500 feet away); Hotel Wooten (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Regarding The Hotel Grace. The Hotel Grace is now home to the Grace Museum.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.