A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 10, 2007
Home of Hilton’s First Hotel (Cisco slogan)

Conrad Hilton bought the Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas in 1919. It was the start of what would become the famous Hilton Hotels chain. Cisco calls itself “Home of Hilton’s First Hotel,” and there is a Hilton Museum located on Conrad Hilton Avenue.


About Hilton Hotels
Hilton is the proud flagship brand of Hilton Hotels Corporation and the most recognized name in the global lodging industry. Conrad Hilton purchased his first hotel in Cisco, Texas back in 1919. Since that time we have grown to over 500 hotels in cities all over the world. “Be My Guest” is still the gracious and warm way we want for our guests to feel at Hilton hotels and resorts whether it’s at the grand Waldorf=Astoria, the Cavalieri Hilton in Rome, the Hilton Waikoloa Village or our brand new Hilton Omaha. With new products and services, business and leisure travelers alike now have even more reason to say, “Travel should take you places.”

Wikipedia: Conrad Hilton
Conrad Nicholson Hilton (December 25, 1887 – January 3, 1979) was an American hotelier and founder of the Hilton Hotel chain.
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Conrad Hilton built a store in Soccoro, New Mexico, but he later moved to Texas. He entered the hotel business by buying the Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas, in 1919. The first high rise hotel he had built was the El Paso Hilton (now the Plaza Hotel (El Paso)) , which opened on November 20, 1930. He formed the Hilton Hotel Corporation in 1946. The company expanded into credit cards, car rentals, and other travel services.

Welcome to Cisco, Texas!
Cisco, Texas
Home of Hilton’s First Hotel
Cisco, Texas is the city with a proud past and a promising future. It’s strategic location along one of the country’s most traveled Interstate Highways makes commerce and tourism a major source of opportunity in the new millennium. A $500,000 Texas Infrastructure Fund (TIF) Grant for high-speed wireless broadband will provide the backbone for a communications super-highway.

Hilton Museum - Texas Travel
Hilton Museum
City: Cisco
Region: Panhandle Plains
Bought by Conrad Hilton in 1919 when that was the only way he could get a place to sleep, hotel became first in Hilton chain. Hilton saw a financial opportunity in providing rooms to oil field workers; rooms were rented for eight-hour shifts, thus tripling the normal income. Restored, the hotel now serves as a landmark community center, museum and city park. Also home to Cisco Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center.
Hours Open: Mon. - Fri. . 9 a.m. - noon, 1 - 5 p.m.
Address: 309 Conrad Hilton Ave.
Telephone #: 254/442-2537

Texas Dept. of Agriculture - Texas Yes!
Cisco
Destination:
Cisco, “Home of Hilton’s First Hotel”
Where You’ll Find It:
Panhandle Plains Region; Interstate 20 exits 330 and 332; just 45 minutes east of Abilene. (Eastland County)
Texans Who Call This Home:
3,845
Snapshot:
View Conrad Hilton’s first hotel, now serving as a landmark community center, museum and city park. Step back in time with a step through the doors where Conrad Hilton became “Innkeeper to the World.”
Did You Know:
Cisco was once the frontier settlement of Red Gap. A railway crossing moved the town’s center, and the name was changed to Cisco in 1884 to honor New York financier John. A. Cisco, who was largely responsible for building the Houston and Texas Central Railway. Cisco garnered national attention with the infamous Santa Claus Robbery during Christmas, 1927.
Don’t Miss:
Folklife Festival: April
Big County Dinner Theatre at the Hilton: July
Cruisin’ and Groovin’ Festival: October
Holiday Market at the Hilton: November
Come See:
Lela Latch Lloyd Museum: A treasured architectural heirloom that houses historic documents, photographs and remarkable artifacts of the centuries past.
Conrad Hilton’s First Hotel: A community center, museum and park, the facility also houses a tribute to Hilton that includes photographs, graphic images and a film exhibit.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Saturday, February 10, 2007 • Permalink