Hotel Grim

 
Hotel Grim

West 3rd Street
Historic Downtown Texarkana, Texas
GPS Coordinates: 33°25'22.59" N, 94°2'38.96"W

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Hotel Grim was once the "Crown Jewel" of Texarkana, and one of the most popular hotels in the Ark-La-Tex. The structure was completed in 1925. Hotel Grim was designed by architects George Mann and Eugene Stern and named after William Rhodes Grim (a prominent businessman in Texarkana). The modern hotel did not confirm to any particular architectural style. Accommodations at Hotel Grim include one and two room efficiency apartments, living and bedrooms suites, 164 room units, a coffee shop, dining rooms, a large lounge lobby, and mezzanine lounge. The Grim was the "in" place in Texarkana at the time, hosting many parties for the wealthy with elegant rooftop gardens. It featured many big name bands and dancing. Hotel Grim was also known to host illegal card games for the high rollers of the 30's. In 1934 Bonnie and Clyde along with Henry Methvin were rumored to have made an appearance at Hotel Grim. An employee of the hotel recognized Bonnie from a magazine photo and stated that she came to the hotel's cafe to eat a sandwich while Clyde and Henry waited in the car. Later, Henry entered the cafe and pretended to read a magazine. When he and Bonnie made eye contact, she knew it was time to leave. While Hotel Grim was one of the biggest hot spots of Texarkana in its heyday, the hotel has been empty since the 1990's.

This information is brought to you from the archives of the Texarkana Museums System and the vision of Mrs. Marguerite Hillier. Let us not forget her love of history, dedication to the education of future generations and great strides towards the betterment of our community.

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