Hotels Everywhere

Taverns, inns, and hotels—the terms were used interchangeably—sprang up like weeds as soon as Tuscaloosa became the state capital in 1825. After all, those legislators had to stay somewhere. But those same legislators could not have been the best or cleanest guests. The owner of the Indian Queen Hotel announced one year “that since the adjournment of the Legislature our rooms have been thoroughly cleaned with lime, throughout, and are now in complete order for the reception of those who desire pleasant apartments.”

 

Moment in History compiled by Betty Slowe and Guy Hubbs.