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Local historic hotel to reopen soon

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 7:45pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 7:59pm

The Beckham Hotel in downtown Mineola was built in 1892 by Colonel Beckham as a railroad worker's hotel. It is currently being fully restored to its former glory, and will open to the public as a bed and breakfast in the fall. The restaurant portion will open in June. There will be fifteen rooms and suites, and the ballroom, which is the second oldest in the state of Texas, will be rented out as a venue for weddings and events.

Mineola residents say they are excited about this historic place finally coming back to life. "Its fantastic, its going to help bring more people to our town, we're a tourist town anyway and the Beckham has so much history behind it," said Molly Stuart, owner of Serendipity Mall downtown.

Stuart said she watched it "sit vacant and kind of go down and its so exciting to have it somebody buy it and restore it and bringing all the history back." East Texans Ron and Connie Misner instantly fell in love with the hotel, and bought it. "The Misner's decided upon seeing the hotel that they wanted to restore it because it is such a significant part of history," said Darlena Watson, managing director of the Beckham hotel.

The hotel currently being completely renovated. However, many of the original components like the ceiling, doors, and some of the lighting fixtures will remain. "Many of the things you find at the Beckham hotel will be centered on history with Mineola and the railroad. We want it to be a place where people feel like that they can come in just like in years past," said Watson. She also told KETK that they plan to play on the railroad theme, and have several railroad paintings and decorations.

The owners are also proud to say they are wanting this to be a community effort, and are buying almost everything for the hotel from local stores. Even most of the hotel restorers are from the area.

For more information you can go to the Beckham Hotel Facebook page by clicking here.

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