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    Settles Hotel Update - "The hotel is no longer a "ghost" hotel. It has been fully restored and has resumed operations in Big Spring to an enthusiastic community." - G. Brint Ryan, February 02, 2013

    Completed just as the Great Depression was beginning, the Settles is said to have cost $500,000. The Settles Hotel was built by Mr. and Mrs. Settles – the most unlikely “Mom and Pop” in the annals of Texas business. Poor, until oil was discovered on their land, the Settles gave Big Spring the biggest hotel between Ft. Worth and El Paso. The 1930 date over the entrance is a rare one in Texas architecture.
    Big Spring TX - Hotel Settles
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007

    In 2006 the Settles was brought for a mere $75,000. The project was to restore the building to its former glory and in doing so, riding the city of what some considered an eyesore.

    The groundbreaking for the restoration was on August 21, 2008 with a planned completion date of March 2010.

    In the 1990s the building looked much worse – with scores of broken windows and pigeons nesting in the vacant rooms. Someone came up with a clever program where local business and individuals could sponsor the replacement of windows which was quickly done.

    Today, the hotel is being restored by Big Spring native G. Brint Ryan. According to the restorer’s website, the asbestos has been removed along with 700 tons of the building’s interior - some of which was removed by explosive demolition.

    Artifacts long missing have been returned – including a vintage phone booth, one of the registration desks and even the centerpiece chandelier which has been held (in safe keeping) by the Big Spring Heritage Museum.

    But what about the missing sign? Good news. The letters have been measured and will be used as templates for new signage. The name will once again appear on the Big Spring skyline (the hotel is the Big Spring skyline).

    Further information is available from the restorer’s website: www.settleshotel.com

    Big Spring Tx - Settles Hotel
    The Settles (Sans Signage)
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
    Big Spring Tx - 1930 Settles Hotel
    The 1930 Date over the entrance.
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
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    Photo courtesy Doyle Phillips / FotoGrafica
    Big Spring TX - 1953 Howard County Courthouse & Settles Hotel old postcard
    Howard County Courthouse
    Note Hotel Settles on the right.
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

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