Nicolett Hotel Records, 1889-1893

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Biographical Sketch

The Nicolett Hotel, constructed in 1888 and 1889, was one of the earliest structures in the city of Lubbock. Two prominent ranchers from the IOA Ranch and founders of North Lubbock, Frank Emerson Wheelock and Rollie Clyde Burns, purchased the materials for the hotel and had them shipped into Amarillo via train and then brought south to Lubbock County by wagon. The building was an early meeting place for regional pioneers, and it even served as the location where rivals from two early Lubbock County communities, North Lubbock and South Lubbock, met to determine the final location of the city of Lubbock in late-1890. Located initially at the townsite of North Lubbock, the Nicolett Hotel was moved in 1891 to its final location in modern downtown Lubbock where it stood until being demolished most likely sometime in the 1940s. The register features patrons from across the Texas South Plains and Panhandle, as well as some from other parts of the United States and at least one international visitor.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a single register that contains of patrons entries ranging in date from 1889 to 1893.


The Nicolett Hotel Records are organized by the following series: General Files.


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Subjects (Persons)

  • Burns, Rollie Clyde.
  • Hunt, George M.
  • Rayner, Howard.
  • Rayner, Whitfield Elijah.
  • Sanders, Van.
  • Sanders, Will.
  • Wheelock, Frank E., 1863-1932.
  • Wolffarth, George C.
  • Subjects

  • Frontier and pioneer life.
  • Hotels -- Texas -- Lubbock -- History.
  • Lubbock (Tex.) -- History.
  • Lubbock County (Tex.) -- History.

  • Related Material

    Lubbock History Photograph Collection

    Lubbock Pictorial Photograph Collection

    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    Nicolett Hotel, Records, 1889-1893, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


    Collection accession #(s): S 760.1


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    General Files

    Wallet 1

    Folder 1, Register, 1889-1893


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