This Day in Texas History: Brewmeister Opens Future Landmark Hotel

This Day in Texas History:
(from the Texas State Historical Association archives and Wikipedia)

Brewmeister Opens Future Landmark Hotel
January 31, 1859

On this date in 1859, William Menger opened his hotel, now a landmark, on Alamo Plaza in San Antonio. In partnership with Charles Philip Degen, he also operated a brewery on the site.

The hotel is one of the best-known lodging houses in Texas. Its guests have included O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), Ulysses S. Grant, and Theodore Roosevelt. Other notable guests have included Robert E. LeeDwight D. Eisenhower,Mae WestBabe RuthOscar WildeLillie LangtryCornelius VanderbiltWilliam McKinley.  The building has been remodeled many times and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1876, the first public demonstration of barbed wire ever was held outside the Menger and orders taken afterwards inside. In 1885, Richard King, the south Texas entrepreneur and founder of the King Ranch, died at the Menger. In 1907, the San Antonio section of the National Council of Jewish Women was organized at the Menger.

The hotel also holds the unofficial title of “The Most Haunted Hotel in Texas.” The Menger claims to host 32 different spirits including Richard King and Sallie White, a maid at the Menger who was murdered by her husband and buried at the hotel’s expense.

The Menger continues to serve as a center for meetings and other social affairs.

The Menger Hotel
The Menger Hotel

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