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The Menger Hotel was originally developed by German immigrant William A. Menger. Located on the plaza adjacent to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, the Hotel opened on 1859 February 1. By the mid-1800s, and especially after the railroad arrived in San Antonio in 1877, the Menger became the best-known hotel in the Southwest, a center of San Antonio social affairs and a meeting-place for visiting celebrities.
The register lists guests and visitors to the Menger Hotel, giving each person's name, place of residence, and room number. Register pages and attached blotters include advertisements for local businesses.
DRT Collection at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, "Menger Hotel (San Antonio, Tex.) Register, 1874" (2020). Finding Aids: Guides to the Collection. 86.