Details for Site Of Pierce Hotel (Atlas Number 5481004717)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5481004717

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Marker Number 4717
Atlas Number 5481004717
Marker Title Site Of Pierce Hotel
Index Entry Pierce Hotel, Site of
Address FM 526
City Pierce
County Wharton
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 771919
UTM Northing 3237604
Subject Codes cities and towns; ranches/ranching; inns, hotels, motels; cattle, cattle industry topics
Marker Year 1984
Designations
Marker Location By Post Office, on FM 526, Pierce
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Here, in the 1890s, the celebrated Texas Cattleman A. H. "Shanghai" Pierce (1834-1900) platted the townsite of Pierce, which he hoped would become the Wharton County seat. Its proximity to his ranch headquarters in the central part of the county was a major factor in his choice of locations for the town. He laid out a public square, courthouse square, academy square, and a cemetery. He built several structures in the town, including a three-story hotel located at this site. The Pierce Hotel was designed to accommodate cattle buyers, traveling salesmen, and others attracted to the area by the railroad and Pierce's ranching interests. Located near the Southern Pacific Railroad depot and across from the present Pierce railroad entrance, the hotel was designed as the center of the town's planned growth, which did not develop. Although never opened to the public as a hotel, the building was used for various purposes by several long-term tenants. A landmark on the Texas coastal prairie for more than eighty years, the Pierce Hotel was razed in 1980. Still at this site of the hotel is its widow's walk, which was preserved as a symbol of the structure's historical significance.