IMPLOSION OF THE HOTEL MARION

The Hotel Marion in Little Rock, Arkansas, was built in 1907 beside the Arkansas River on Markham St. next to the Old State House. It was named for the owner's wife. Famous visitors during its prime were Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Douglas MacArthur, Will Rogers, Helen Keller, and Charles Lindbergh. It was demolished in 1980 to make way for the Excelsior Hotel and the new convention center. I assume my uncle, W. Irving Skipper, took these photos. While sorting through the hundreds of images he left, I found these on an uncut roll of 35mm color transparency film.
Series of Photos from the Collection of W. Irving Skipper

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Famous Historic US Hotels - History of several famous hotels around the US in locations like Florida, Georgia, Chicago, Los Angeles and many others.
Historic Piedmont Hotel in Georgia - A famous hotel in Georgia that was constructed in the 1800's following the Civil War. During it's time the hotel served many Generals and politicians as well as other famous guests.
Columbus GA hotels - A great place to stay if you happen to be visiting the Columbus area and checking out all the local attractions the city has to offer.
Hotels near Columbus State University - CSU is a popular college located about 200 miles south of Atlanta in Columbus, Georgia. Students and parents visiting the school can find several hotels in the surrounding area.
Red, White, and Blue Line

"The Day the Marion Hotel Came Down" A poem about the implosion of the Marion Hotel written by a man who was there when it happened.
TORNADO DAMAGE - More photos by W. Irving Skipper. This set of 14 B&W photos (which link to enlarged details) shows damage to the businesses and residences of Judsonia, Arkansas, from the tornado of March 21, 1952. There are photos of crushed automobiles, the ESSO filling station, the famous electric clock at the funeral home, National Guard forces, and residents working in the rubble. This was described as the worst Arkansas tornado of the 20th century.
Skipper Family Magazine

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Posted: 6/5/01
Re-posted: 9/20/12