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HOTEL BRENDLE

THE COMMUNITY OF ROBSTOWN DEVELOPED AROUND THE TRAFFIC GENERATED BY THE JUNCTION OF THE TEXAS-MEXICAN AND THE ST. LOUIS, BROWNSVILLE, & MEXICO RAILROADS. IN 1914 C. C. BRENDLE AND V. V. ELICK PURCHASED LAND AT THIS SITE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTING A HOTEL AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE RAILROAD STATION. COMPLETED THE SAME YEAR, THE HOTEL BRENDLE OPENED WITH 36 ROOMS AND BECAME A CENTER OF ACTIVITY FOR THE COMMUNITY. FOR MANY YEARS THE HOTEL PROVIDED SPACE FOR TRAVELING SALESMEN TO DISPLAY THEIR GOODS.

C. C. BRENDLE (1859-1929) WAS A LOCAL GIN OPERATOR, DEVELOPER, AND AREA FARMER WHO CAME TO ROBSTOWN IN 1908. HIS PARTNER IN THE HOTEL, V. V. ELICK, ALSO WAS A PARTNER IN HIS GIN INTERESTS. THE HOTEL PASSED OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE BRENDLE FAMILY DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND LATER WAS OWNED BY THE SONS OF HERMANN, A GERMAN FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION.

INTERESTING ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES OF THE THREE-STORY HOTEL INCLUDE A BRICK PARAPET, A RED TILE ROOF SUPPORTED ON BRACKETS, AND A SEMI-CIRCULAR ARCH OVER THE DOORWAY. THE HOTEL BRENDLE STANDS AS A REMINDER OF ROBSTOWN'S EARLY COMMERCIAL GROWTH.

RECORDED TEXAS HISTORIC LANDMARK - 1984

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