Hotel Guest Lists: Travel History
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Index of Hotel Registrations: Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1893
Index of Hotel Registrations: Albuquerque, NM, 1896
Nothing Could Be Finer; A Fifty Year History of the Heyday of Polo & Winter Resorts in Camden [South Carolina], 1898-1948
Luggage Labels and the Golden Age of Travel
German Immigrants: Lists of Passengers Bound from Bremen to New York
They Came Every Summer: Sorensen's Resort, from 1876 Alpine County, California
Newlyweds On Tour: Honeymooning In Nineteenth-century America
Colorado Travel 1846-1880
Opera on the Road: Traveling Opera Troupes in the United States, 1825-60
Devil's Backbone, the Story of the Natchez Trace
Historic Alabama Hotels and Resorts
The Railroad Passenger Car: an Illustrated History of the First Hundred Years With Accounts By Contemporary Passengers
Route 66 Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion
The Stranger's Guide in Philadelphia to All Public Buildings, Places of Amusement, Commercial, Benevolent, and Religious Institutions, and Churches, Principal Hotels, Etc.
Early Rail Travel! Unique, Original
Crofutt's New Overland Tourist and Pacific Coast Guide, Vol. 2-1879-80
A Place in Time: Memories of the Buccaneer Hotel (Galveston, Texas)
Summer Excursion Routes; Pennsylvania Railroad Co., 1890
Great American Rail Journeys
Bonded Passengers to America
The Traveler's Guide to the Pony Express Trail
The Old Pike: a History of the National Road, With Incidents, Accidents, and Anecdotes Thereon
Tennessee's Historic Landscapes: A Traveler's Guide
Roadside History of Nebraska
Along The Maysville Road: The Early American Republic In The Trans-Appalachian West
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Guide to Historic Philadelphia
Railway Passenger Travel: 1825-1880
The Middle States: a Handbook for Travelers
A Southern Odyssey: Travelers in the Antebellum North
James River Tourist: a Brief Account of Historical Localities on James River and Sketches of Richmond, Norfolk and Portsmouth
Houseboating on a Colonial Waterway
(1910) HUTCHINS Memoir
Baltimore as Seen By Visitors 1783-1860
The Last Resorts: a Portrait of American Society at Play
On Horseback. a Tour in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. With Notes of Travel in Mexico and California
Merchants, Pilgrims, and Highwaymen; A History of Roads Through the Ages
Journey to Mexico During the Years 1826 to 1834. (Two Volumes)
Historic Hotels of Texas: A Traveler's Guide
The City at the End of the Rainbow San Francisco and Its Grand Hotels
Mother Anderson's Favorite Recipes From the Hotel Anderson
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad 1850-1942
Chester County a Traveler's Album
Privately Published; limited edition.
Travels in Virginia in Revolutionary Times
Wish You Were Here:
A Tour of America's Great Hotels During the Golden Age of the Picture Post Card
Yes, times were different back
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
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
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
Click on the state below to
see what lists we've posted so far...
AL AR CA
IN KY LA
MT NE NM
NC PA SC
James Y. BRAME
is a guest at the Madison, Montgomery, 1876
at the Capitol Hotel, Little Rock, 1894
at Gleason's Hotel, Little Rock, 1894
at The Lick House Hotel, San Francisco, 1880 Now indexed!
at the Baldwin Hotel, San Francisco, 1880
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!
Guests at the Capitol Hotel, Boise, 1891 Now indexed!
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
at the Occidental Hotel, Indianapolis, 1874 ELKINS,
HARDING, POE, HUME
at the Sherman Hotel, Indianapolis, September, 1874
at The Bates Hotel, Indianapolis, Nov. 1874
Before Norman's time...
at the Bates Hotel, Indianapolis, Oct. 1874
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
Guests at the Verandah Hotel, New Orleans, 1847
Names now indexed!
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
at The Grunewald, New Orleans, 1912
Visitors at Various Hotels, 1912
Orleans Visitors at Various Hotels, 1912
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
Visitors to Helena, 1888 FAY, LATHROP, ELIEL, WARNER, KANOUSE, VAUGHN, GREDELL, McKINE, HODSON
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
FENSTERMACHER Death at the
Exchange Hotel, Santa Fe, 1897
at the Bon Ton Hotel in Santa Fe, 1903 ANDERSON,
CORDOVA, LADD, BELL, MONTOYA, GALLEGOS, PADILLA, GARCIA
at the Normandie Hotel in Santa Fe, 1903 ARNOLD,
Stopping at the Palace Hotel, Santa Fe, 1882:
and BACA at the Exchange, Santa Fe, 1882
Men at the Exchange Hotel, Santa Fe, 1882 FOLLES,
at the Claire Hotel, Santa Fe, 1903
Guests at the Parker House, Wilmington, 1868 Now indexed!
at the Purcell House Hotel, Wilmington, 1876 Names now indexed!
at the Manning House, Wilmington, 1876. Names now indexed!
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
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 DILLINGER, MILLER, PEARSOL, KESTLER, OBERLY, MICKLEY, TROXELL, REEP, HIMMELWRIGHT, ZIEGLER, HEINLY, DIMMIG, TOOL, FEGLEY
Not yet indexed but surnames include the following:
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
at The Black Bear Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867
at the Commercial Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867
at The Bald Eagle Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867
at The Girard Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867
at The Union Hotel, Philadelphia, 1867
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
at the Pavilion, Charleston, 1883 Names now indexed!
at the Moultrie House, 1883 Names now indexed!
at the Charleston Hotel, 1883 Names now indexed!
at The Charleston Hotel, Charleston, 1870
at the Waverly House Hotel, Charleston, 1883 ADDISON, BRYSON,
JONES, WOOD, IVES, BLACKBURN, McNAIR, GIRARDEAU, HUNTER, O'DONOVAN, PECHMAN
Hotel Guest Lists
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
McDOWELLS are at The Oriental Hotel, Dallas, 1903
Lyndhurst Club Meets at the Hotel Worth, Fort Worth, 1903
Party at The Ivie Hotel, Emory, 1913
at The Exchange Hotel and FORD's Hotel, Richmond, 1872
COX, LEVY, CLARKE, CHAMLUS,
Hotel Guests from Wisconsin Towns, 1905
KEYES, BRIENELLER, SPINNETTE,
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