Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Nicolett Hotel:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1889-1893, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Nicolett Hotel
Title: Nicolett Hotel,
Dates: 1889-1893
Abstract: The Records contains a hotel register.
Collection # S 760.1
Quantity: 1 wallet (.25 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Nicolett Hotel, constructed in 1888 and 1889, was one of the earliest structures in the city of Lubbock. Two prominent ranchers from the IOA Ranch and founders of North Lubbock, Frank Emerson Wheelock and Rollie Clyde Burns, purchased the materials for the hotel and had them shipped into Amarillo via train and then brought south to Lubbock County by wagon. The building was an early meeting place for regional pioneers, and it even served as the location where rivals from two early Lubbock County communities, North Lubbock and South Lubbock, met to determine the final location of the city of Lubbock in late-1890. Located initially at the townsite of North Lubbock, the Nicolett Hotel was moved in 1891 to its final location in modern downtown Lubbock where it stood until being demolished most likely sometime in the 1940s. The register features patrons from across the Texas South Plains and Panhandle, as well as some from other parts of the United States and at least one international visitor.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a single register that contains of patrons entries ranging in date from 1889 to 1893.

The register can be viewed in its entirety in digital format among the Southwest Collection’s Digital Collections.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Burns, Rollie Clyde., 1857-1945.
Hunt, George M.
Rayner, Howard.
Rayner, Whitfield Elijah.
Sanders, Van.
Sanders, Will.
Wheelock, Frank E., 1863-1932.
Wolfforth, George C.
Subjects (Organizations)
Nicolett Hotel.
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Lubbock (Tex.)--History.
Lubbock County (Tex.)
Monterey (Tex.)
Frontier and pioneer life.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nicolett Hotel Records, 1889-1893, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s): n/a

Gift, n/a

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Additional Sources

Abbe, Donald and Paul H. Carlson. Historic Lubbock County: An Illustrated History. (San Antonio: Historical Publishing Network, 2008).

Abbe, Donald, Paul H. Carlson, and David J. Murrah. Lubbock and the South Plains: An Illustrated History. (Tarzana, CA: Preferred Marketing, 1995).

Carlson, Paul H. The Centennial History of Lubbock: Hub City of the Plains. (Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company Publishers, 2008).

Carlson, Paul H.. “The Nicolett Hotel and the Founding of Lubbock.” West Texas Historical Review. 90 (2015): 8-19.

Connor, Seymour V. “The Founding of Lubbock,” in Lawrence L. Graves A History of Lubbock. (Lubbock: West Texas Museum Association, 1961), 68-97.

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