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"Rooms with a Past"
Texarkana's McCartney Hotel
Texarkana, Texas

Built: 1929
Architect: Joseph Finger
National Register of Historic Places


By James Ramsey

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Texarkana - McCartney Hotel Across From Depot
McCartney Hotel
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the ten-story McCartney, even while vacant, continues to dominate Texarkana's skyline. The hotel (in 1929) replaced the smaller (three-story) Cosmopolitan which was demolished. Both hotels were built on the first town lot sold in the city of Texarkana.
Hotel  McCartney, Texarkana, Texas
Photo courtesy Texarkana Museums System
The hotel's namesake, W.A. McCartney, Sr. came to Texarkana at the age of four (in 1874) and became one of the towns most prominent citizens - even becoming known as Texarkana's unofficial historian.

The hotel stands directly across the street from the main entrance to Union Station Terminal.
McCarthy Hotel and Union Station, Texarkana
The Hotel McCartney in its heyday.
Postcard courtesy James Ramsey
Designed to be pedestrian-friendly, the lobby and mezzanine were accessible from the south, east, and west facades. A ballroom and roof attached to the mezzanine. There have been no drastic alterations since the hotel's opening day and its beautiful gold and silver Art Deco interiors remain intact. The mezzanine features an elaborate skylight and another notable features include marble wainscotting and a curved marble staircase.
Hotel  McCartney, Texarkana, Texas today
Photo courtesy James Ramsey
Hotel  McCartney, Texarkana, Texas
Hotel McCartney today
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Hotel  McCartney, Texarkana, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Texarkana Tx -  McCartney Hotel fire escape
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Hotel  McCartney, Texarkana, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Having had such a dependence on rail passengers, the hotel's business decreased as travel by rail was eclipsed by air travel. Except for being used briefly as a backdrop for a 1976 movie - and as a storage facility - the hotel has not seen a guest since the mid 1970s.

© James Ramsey

June 22, 2005
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