History of Hotel

historyThe Hotel was built in late 1879.

In 1889 it was purchased by Mary Jane Myers. Mary, otherwise known as Mollie, made the Myers Hotel famous for having the cleanest bedrooms and the best cooking west of the Mississippi. The main floor dining room was said to have such a big table in it; that up to 75 people could eat family style in the dining room!

The Hotel simultaneously operated as a Hotel and bus stop under Mary “Mollie” Myers from 1894 to 1934. During this time, the Kansas playwright William Inge visited the quaint Hotel which inspired “Bus Stop” which was eventually released as a movie in 1956 starring Marilyn Monroe and helped to kick start her career as an American icon.

Why would a small Hotel need to double as a bus stop during the turn of the century? Partly due to the fact that the bus stop needed a place for weary travelers to stay, but mostly for the hordes of travelers coming to take a refreshing dip in the first swimming pool in Kansas.  Across the street from the Hotel you will see that same pool, fortunately it has been remolded.

Many well-known historical figures such as Dwight D Eisenhower stayed at the Myers/Almeda, including General J.J. “Blackjack” Pershing, other politicians, Kansas Governors, soldiers from nearby Fort Leavenworth, and so many more.

After 1934, new owners renamed the Myers Hotel the Almeda Hotel.  Since that time the property has also been home to a diner, a beauty shop, and, yes, a bus stop.

The Myers Hotel
220 South Main Street
Tonganoxie, KS 66086

Phone: (913) 704-9754 | email: info@themyershotel.com

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