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Yes, times were different back then.... 

Can you imagine seeing your name in the local paper the morning after you'd checked into a hotel? That would certainly cramp some congressional (and ex-presidential) style, wouldn't it?

But this was a common practice, and I've seen such guest lists in newspapers from Dallas to Philadelphia, the Carolinas to California.

Hotel guest lists are yet another good reason to not limit your research to strictly the area where your ancestor lived! 

The guest's home state is usually mentioned, or even their hometown. You'll see an interesting pattern as I add more of these lists: some cities' hotels will have a greater proportion of guests from other states, and from greater distances. 

Memphis is one example, probably because of its location on the Mississippi River, a major thoroughfare. To put it in more modern terms, think of it as being on a handy exit on the interstate highway of its day, or as a long layover in Atlanta!

You might want to browse through these lists from time to time if your ancestor was known to be a person whose occupation required a certain amount of travel. When I get behind on indexing names, I'm usually behind on articles that had long lists of names....like these!

This section will include links to all the hotel guest lists that I add to the site, updated as I add each new list.

Related sections include River News and the Vintage Postcards.

Click on the state below to see what lists we've posted so far...

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Alabama

James Y. BRAME is a guest at the Madison, Montgomery, 1876

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Arkansas

Guests at the Capitol Hotel, Little Rock, 1894 

Guests at Gleason's Hotel, Little Rock, 1894

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California

Arrivals at The Lick House Hotel, San Francisco, 1880 Now indexed!

Guests at the Baldwin Hotel, San Francisco, 1880

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Washington, D. C.

Guests at the United States Hotel, 1858  Names now indexed! Surnames include the following:  JONES, THOMPSON, LEAKE, COLE, CEPBERT, YOUNG, CAMPBELL, DELANEY, TALIAFERRO, PAMEROY, HEFLEBOWER, SPENCE, TURIT, BARBEE

Guests at the Kirkwood House Hotel, Washington, D. C., 1858 Lots of names!

Guests at Brown's Hotel, 1856 Lots of names! From as far away as the Sandwich Islands.

Arrivals at Kirkwood House Hotel, 1856 Lots of names!

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Idaho

Guests at the Capitol Hotel, Boise, 1891   Now indexed!

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Indiana

Arrivals at the Sherman Hotel, Indianapolis, November 3, 1874
EVANS, MARTIN, WHITE, QUIGLEY, PRATT, ASHLEY, SEXTON, ZION

Arrivals at the Mason House, Indianapolis, 1874    Now indexed!   Surnames include the following:   WILBERS, HUDSON, WILLIAMS, MUTZ, KENNEDY, BRUNER, CHAPMAN, GRISWOLD, VESTAL, LEWIS, LEE, SLOCUM, HALL

Guests at the Spencer House, Indianapolis, November 1874
DONEHAY, WERNEKA, SCHANK, STUCHELL, FELTS, PIERCE

Arrivals at the Occidental Hotel, Indianapolis, 1874 ELKINS, HARDING, POE, HUME

Guests at the Sherman Hotel, Indianapolis, September, 1874

Guests at The Bates Hotel, Indianapolis, Nov. 1874
Before Norman's time...

Guests at the Bates Hotel, Indianapolis, Oct. 1874

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Kentucky

Guests at the Louisville Hotel, 1853    
Now indexed! Surnames include the following: HILL, FORSYTH, TUTTLE, ASHBY, PAYNE, LIST, COLE, FOULKE, CAMPBELL, COX, WEBSTER, GRIFFIN, STONE, DAVIS, NORMENT, WHITE, BYERS, HODGES, ELLIOTT, FREEMAN, NOURCE, BUCKLEY, STONESTREET, MCCLEPTEN, LARSH, GLASS, VAN CULIN, LINDSLEY, TUCKER, ALLEN, POSEY, RUSSELL, AMES, MCLEAN, PATTEN

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Louisiana

Guests at the Verandah Hotel, New Orleans, 1847
Names now indexed!
Surnames include the following: BARNWELL, JONES, NASH, WATTS, WILCOX, PARSONS, STEPHENS, BALLARD, SAUNDERS, SEVERNEY, DUNGLESON, WOODS, DUNLAP, THURSTON, ESTLIN, THIMBALL, WALKER

Guests at HEWLETT's Hotel, New Orleans, 1847 Names now indexed!

Guests at the St. Charles Hotel, New Orleans, 1847 Names now indexed!
Surnames include the following: BROWDER, BLACKBURN, MONTGOMERY, CAGE, CLOCK, TAPLIN, HENDERSON, FREEMAN, McHATTON, SPAULDIN, UNDERWOOD, LAWNS, PALAUGE, ARCHER, GRAY, PRICE

Jacob CLINE is at The De Soto Hotel, New Orleans, 1912

PEW is at The Grunewald, New Orleans, 1912

Carnival Visitors at Various Hotels, 1912

New Orleans Visitors at Various Hotels, 1912

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Missouri

Guests at Barnum's Hotel, 1874 Surnames include the following: WILMOT, BISHOP, COURTIN

John HOCKADAY of Fulton, Missouri Visits St. Louis, 1874

Oklahomans in St. Louis, 1914    WILSON, ADAMS, MARSHALL, BOULDIN, DURHAM, BREWER, BLAIR

Guests at the Olive Street Hotel, St. Louis,1874
Names not yet indexed, but surnames include the following: 
TAYLOR, ZOLLINGER, GAYLORD, WETHERELL, MCPHERSON, BROWN

Guests at the Lindell Hotel, St. Louis, 1874
Names now indexed!  Surnames include the following:
SLAYDEN, MCDONNELL, BOOGE, LORD, LEGRAW, GOLDEN, NEWELL, DEYER, JENKS

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Montana

Visitors to Helena, 1888    FAY, LATHROP, ELIEL, WARNER, KANOUSE, VAUGHN, GREDELL, McKINE, HODSON

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Nebraska

Guests at the Barker Hotel, Omaha, 1889.  Now indexed! Surnames include the following:  BUTLER, SMITH, WOOD, JORDAN, ALDERSON, HORME, WILSON, WESTERLY

Guests at the Arcade Hotel, Omaha, 1889. Surnames include the following: SHERMAN, MINTEN, STANDER, HYNES, WARREN, FRISLEY, HOLLAND, SANDERSON

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New Mexico

FENSTERMACHER Death at the Exchange Hotel, Santa Fe, 1897

Arrivals at the Bon Ton Hotel in Santa Fe, 1903 ANDERSON, CORDOVA, LADD, BELL, MONTOYA, GALLEGOS, PADILLA, GARCIA

Arrivals at the Normandie Hotel in Santa Fe, 1903 ARNOLD, McGILLIVRAY, STRONG

Stopping at the Palace Hotel, Santa Fe, 1882:

JENKINS and BACA at the Exchange, Santa Fe, 1882

Railroad Men at the Exchange Hotel, Santa Fe, 1882 FOLLES, SEELEY

Arrivals at the Claire Hotel, Santa Fe, 1903

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North Carolina

Guests at the Parker House, Wilmington, 1868 Now indexed!

Guests at the Purcell House Hotel, Wilmington, 1876 Names now indexed!

Guests at the Manning House, Wilmington, 1876. Names now indexed!

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Pennsylvania

Arrivals at the Girard Hotel, Philadelphia, 1866    Not yet indexed, but surnames include the following: WILLIS, CRAWFORD, MARTIN. MILLORY, HOUSTON, HANCOCK, MITCHELL, WILSON, WILKINS, JOHNSON, WITTMAN, JOHNSON, WHITMAN, WEBB, SERRILE, McGINN, BURTON, BILLING, WATKINS, ADAMS, WILLIAMS, HUGHES, HUNTER, FENTON, BARBER, CHRIST, MILTIMON, HARMER, LOWTHER, MULLIN, ATWOOD, STICHTER, WOLFF, COUGHTON, HOLCOMBE, HASELTINE, HEISTER, GLATZ, BLODGETT, MAV, EICHOLTZ, TAYLOR, JONES, HARTMAN, BUTLER, HOPPER, MITCHELL, BRINTON, STRATTON, GRUBB, SIRAS, WALKER, COOKSEY, BRIDGES, PARTIDGE, DALLEY, HORTON, BALL, ROOSEVELT, BALDWIN, RILEY, BISHOP, MARCY, IRWIN, STOKES, CROOKSHANK, SMITH, EAGLE, SWIFT, CHRISTIAN, JACOBS, BARTINE, SHOEMAKER, MARVINE, PURNELL, HULL, NEWELL, DEMARA, PATTON, WADE, FLYNN, CRANE, LANG, FISHER, MILLER, PIERCE, SWEET, PATERSON, BARNERD, LACKEY, LIPMAN, BAILY, DERBY, SAMUELS, VAN WOOTTEN, HOOVER, GROVES, GREEN, SPRIGG, ALSOP, GRIFFITH, LEGGETT, ELKIN, CARLS, ASHMEAD, FITCH, RICKETTS, HEISTEN, YORKE

Arrivals at the National Hotel, Philadelphia, 1833    LEAVY, GALLION, SANDS, SARGENT, DEACON, JEFFERSON, GARDINER, FOX, BAKER

Guests at the Mansion House Hotel, Philadelphia, 1833 
Surnames include the following:  CADWALADER, EVANS, STOCKTON, PARRISH, DICKINSON, KENDAL

Guests at the States Union hotel, Philadelphia, 1866  Now indexed!  Surnames include the following:  SCOTT, PHILLIPS, CROW, GOODWIN, HAMLIN, TAGGART, HYNER, DERR, HILL, COX, SLOCER, HARMAN, CHANDLER TAYLOR, McHENRY, THOMPSON, McKINSEY, FRANCIS, KINZER, MORRISON, PUSEY, KENNEDY

Guests at the Red Lion Hotel, Philadelphia, 1833    STACKPOLE, HAMILTON, LEACH, HOLSTINE, WALLACE, JOLLY, SHARMER, HUSON, KRAUSE, DOUGHTY

Guests at the Bald Eagle Hotel, 1866 
Not yet indexed but surnames include the following:
DILLINGER, MILLER, PEARSOL, KESTLER, OBERLY, MICKLEY, TROXELL, REEP, HIMMELWRIGHT, ZIEGLER, HEINLY, DIMMIG, TOOL, FEGLEY

Guests at the Barley Sheaf Hotel, 1866 Now indexed! Surnames include the following:  TAYLOR, HOPEWELL, MYERS, DUBS, ISZAM, MILLER, KNIGHT, BUCKMAN, LIPPINCOTT, CARTER, FELL, READING, PRICE, ROBERTS

Guests at the Black Bear Hotel, 1866 
Now indexed! Surnames include the following: ,
BUCK, MATTIS, BRIGHT, LEVAN, EDDOWS, BORNEMAN, BOVER, HAWKINS

Guests at The Black Bear Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867

Guests at the Commercial Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867

Guests at The Bald Eagle Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867

Guests at The Girard Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867

Guests at The Union Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867

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South Carolina

Arrivals at the Pavilion Hotel, Charleston, SC, 1870  Now indexed!  Surnames include the following:   THOURON, MILLER, STILLWELL, GREIG, GASQUE, BOINEAU

Arrivals at the Pavilion Hotel, Charleston, SC, 1870  Now indexed!

Arrivals at the Mills House, Charleston, SC, 1870  Surnames include the following:
HASBROOK, STOWELL, CHAMBERLAIN, CHITTENDEN, HAMPTON, HOPKINS, SLUDE, RASHGUYER, TEWNEY, ANDERSON, SUTTERAM, DAVIS, KEARNEY, BALFREY

Guests at the Pavilion, Charleston, 1883 Names now indexed!  

Arrivals at the Moultrie House, 1883 Names now indexed!  

Arrivals at the Charleston Hotel, 1883 Names now indexed!  

Guests at The Charleston Hotel, Charleston, 1870

Arrivals at the Waverly House Hotel, Charleston, 1883  ADDISON, BRYSON, JONES, WOOD, IVES, BLACKBURN, McNAIR, GIRARDEAU, HUNTER, O'DONOVAN, PECHMAN

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Tennessee

Tennessee Hotel Guest Lists

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Texas

Guests at the Island City Hotel, Galveston, 1866     Now indexed!  Surnames include the following: RANGER, BROWN, HENSINGER, HARDIHAND, HONEY, ONEN, WOODMAN, PUNCH, McGRORTY, FLUTE, ANDERSON, MILEY, POWERS, HARDING, FITZGERALD, STOREY, STRATTON, RAYMOND, JOHNSON, SHELTON, GRAY, KENNEDY, GLOOMFORD, AUSTIN, EMBRIN, MILLER, DAMSON, MORGAN, EVRINGTON, CUNNINGHAM

Texans in New York, 1903    BORNEFELD, KRICK, TILLER, BENECKE, HARTWELL, CONNER

Arrivals at the Washington Hotel, Galveston, 1866   Now indexed!
Surnames include the following:    BOOTH, NORWOOD, NEELY, ALGEA, COLLINS, STEPHENS, DIMON, LEWIS, BENTON, TEVIS, ASH, SHELTON, RANKIN, LYTTLE, BAGLAN, HALLOWAY, TOWNSEND, RAYLAND, ELY

Arrivals at the Gunderman Hotel, Galveston, 1866    STOWELL, DOWLING

Arrivals at the Crawford Hotel, Galveston, 1866    MOORE, FULTON, O'HEA, WHITE, AMIRT

Arrivals at the Palmetto Hotel, Galveston, 1866    DEVEREAUX, POTTS, MIDDLETON, WILLIAMSON

The McDOWELLS are at The Oriental Hotel, Dallas, 1903

The Lyndhurst Club Meets at the Hotel Worth, Fort Worth, 1903

A Birthday Party at The Ivie Hotel, Emory, 1913

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Virginia

Arrivals at The Exchange Hotel and FORD's Hotel, Richmond,  1872 COX, LEVY, CLARKE, CHAMLUS, PEGRAM, HAMLIN

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Wisconsin

More Appleton Hotel Guests from Wisconsin Towns, 1905 KEYES, BRIENELLER, SPINNETTE, MINGRAN

Wisconsin Residents at Appleton Hotels, 1905 Surnames include: SPINETTE, HUBBARD, GONNERT, HELLER, WILLIAMS, HILGERS, WHITE, GAY, OLSON, BECKER, WILSON, GOODWIN, FULLER, LEWIS, HEATH, AME, HALSEY, FORD, McLEOD

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