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Denison Hotels

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Denison in 1874

Excerpts from
Texas 1874: An Eyewitness account
of conditions in Post-Reconstruction Texas
by
Edward King and J. Wells Champney,
Cordovan Press, 1978
Denison, Texas street scene, old post card
A Street Scene in Denison in 1908
TE Postcard Archives
"In the primitive hotels where the luckless passengers from the MKT railway awaited a transfer by stage to Sherman, and where they were packed 3 or 4 together in a thinly-boarded room, through whose cracks rain might fall and dust might blow, they were as safe from robbery as any first class house."

"Rough men abounded, and would, without doubt, knocked anyone upon the head who would find himself alone, unarmed, and late at night in their clutches. But the carrying of concealed weapons is so expressly forbidden by the laws of Texas, that cases of shooting rarely occurred and there was no more danger to the life or limb of the traveler than may be met with on Broadway."

"The businessmen of Denton are a stern, self-reliant, confident company. They have a thorough belief in North Texas. The Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and West New York character crops up everywhere in Denison and is the chief reliance of the town.

The aboriginal Texan looks on and admires the energy displayed, but he takes care not to mix in the fray too much himself. There is something sublimely impudent, charmingly provoking in the manner in which he disappears from work and the street when a "Norther" comes on; in the cool, defiant way in which he forces others to work for him and the utter surprise he manifests when he is accused of droning."

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