Russellville Arkansas Hotels
Henry Ford announced the 40-hour week, and Route 66 created some of the most scenic trips in the U.S. The hotel was located in Russellville, Arkansas, so it could serve guests from all walks of life.
The hotel advertisements boasted of its "structured construction" and location at the intersection of Route 66 and Russellville Road.
The original four-storey building still stands today, although it has been extensively renovated over the years. The building was designed to be extended by a fifth floor if necessary in the future, but there were also second and third floors that were designed to keep the building in good condition and to last for many years. In the parking lot today there is a vegetable garden that can be used as a kitchen, and in an alley there is a pigeon cage.
Next time you're in the area, just look at what you've just seen and even have a glass. Mr. Ford recalls attending his first meeting at the Russellville Arkansas Hotel and drinking coffee with friends outside the lobby with a friend.
There were many other outlets calling the building home, and many passengers begged traveling vendors to set out to display their wares in the hope of selling them to local retailers. I remember a meat packaging plant, a grocery store, a car repair shop and a gas station, but there are many others.
From the hotel lobby you can hear trains leaving the depot and a few travellers - tired passengers. Walk a few blocks southwest and check in at the Russellville Arkansas Hotel, one of two hotels in the area, or go to the train depot.
The Deluxe Hotel is located northeast of what we now call downtown, in a building that once housed the Opal Mae Cafe. The building was purchased in 1976 by James R. Ford and his business partners, and Mr. Ford now owns the building. When the partners bought it, it housed a telephone company on the 3rd and 4th floors, a grocery store on the 1st and 2nd floors and a café on the 5th floor. It was home to Johnny's, an ice cream parlour and later a petrol station and hotel.
After the hotel closed its doors and the building was sold to a group of investors in 1965, Mrs. Pearson worked as a manager for a few years before turning a blind eye to the idea of selling. Due to the demands of the creditors of the Texas partnership, she was forced to reassess her business, refinance her hotel and building and use the assets of the partnership to create a company in which she is a major shareholder.