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Crosbyton's Prairie Ladies Inn

On the Square in Crosbyton

Crosbyton, Texas - Berkshire Street showing  Lamar Building. Lowrie Drugs
Berkshire Street showing Lamar Building and Lowrie Drugs

1950s Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
Drugstore interier, Crosbyton, Texas
Lowrie Drugs Interior

Vintage photo courtesy Margot Hardin & City of Crosbyton
Then...
This building, which has been declared a Texas historic landmark was originally The Crosbyton Inn (1908), the area's first hotel. The two-story frame building burned in 1912 and the hotel was rebuilt over the old basement, however, this building was demolished in the mid-1920s. In 1926 the current brick building was constructed by E. H. Hendricks. The building was bought during WWII by local businessman (and son of a Crosby County pioneer) W. P. Lamar and was renamed the Lamar Building. Lowrie Drugs was the downstairs tenant while the upper floor housed doctor's offices and apartments.
Prairie Ladies Inn, Crosbyton, Texas
Building under renovation

Photo courtesy Margot Hardin & City of Crosbyton, June 2006
Now...
Completion of Phase I (the ground floor) of the Prairie Ladies Inn will soon be complete. The ground floor will house a old-fashioned soda fountain / sandwitch shop, a bus terminal, visitor's center and and a transportation museum (a permanent exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution). This Crosbyton landmark will also house chamber offices and a conference room. Each of the upstairs rooms (renovated as phase II) will honor a Panhandle matriarch - hence the name Prairie Ladies Inn. The restoration was made possible by grants totaling $473,000.

Our thanks to Margot Hardin of Crosbyton's city hall for supplying the current photo and information.


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