The first Boas Hotel was built in Hoxie in the late 1800’s, and was a frame structure. According to this Letterhead, by 1912 it was known as the Boas-Gibson Hotel, and had been modernized. The Boas-Gibson was replaced in 1913 with a completely new brick structure, again called the Boas Hotel.
According to this letterhead, the wooden structure had been modernized, and had the following amenities and features.
- Rain water for drinking purposes – filtered through charcoal.
- Street cars pass the door.
- The most attractive and up-to-date hotel on either the Frisco or Iron Mountain Railroads.
- Hot water heat.
- Radiator in every room.
- Electric return call bells.
- Running water.
- Electric lights.
- Compressed air system water works.
- Located only 50 feet from Union Station.
It also advertised a Frisco System Dining Hall.
Contents of Letter
The following letter was written on this 1912 stationary from the Boas Hotel, which describes how Hoxie looked and felt in 1912:
Waiting here for train connection to Chicago – meanwhile took a trolly ride the only trolly for miles – You should see it – whew. I think they imported the N.Y. Horse cars and left everything in it. Oil lamps – and bugs, fleas – beetles, etc..
Whew what a mess – I got them in my eye they’re so thick. If you open your mouth – you swallow them – if you breathe hard you inhale them.
Saddle Ponies about the R.R. station and moving picture show – not 300 inhabitants with a moving picture show – How’s that for progress.
Had very good business so far – particularly today.
How are you dear. Don’t say you’re warm – You’re not. You don’t know what heat is till you get here – Oh Arkansas my Arkansas. What an inferno.
How’s the little fellow treating you sweetheart – and how’re you treating him? I love you sweetheart mine – I love you dearly – and send many kisses – Love to our little one and love to your folks.
Yours ever, Jo