David Melson

Picturing the Past 111: Walking Horse Hotel

Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 4:37 PM
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  • David, I am just going to make a wild guess out of the blue. The fountain between the hotel and the railroad tracks has a plaque on it that says 1936. I know that Fred Russell and his parents moved to Nashville when he was six years old which would have been somewhere around 1912. My guess is 1932. No reason, but just a wild guess.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, May 17, 2011, at 5:10 PM
  • My Great Grandparents were the original 1917 owners of the hotel. I know that my father lived at the hotel during the 1930's. Are you sure that this is a photo of the Wartrace hotel?

    I will look in my family history book and see what I can find about the sign "Hotel Russell", and will post later. Maybe someone will have more information.

    -- Posted by justwanaknow on Tue, May 17, 2011, at 9:48 PM
  • According to a brief history of the Walking Horse Hotel given at this site: http://www.myspace.com/walkinghorsehotel

    it was built in 1917 by Jess and Nora Overall. It is referred to as the "Overall Hotel", and from that emphasis one might conclude that the name of it was Overall Hotel. I'm going to take a wild guess here though, and assume that it was named after one of the most opulent hotels in London, the 373 room Hotel Russell, which opened in 1900. Therefore I would think that the picture above is correct. Just a guess though.

    If anyone decides to go to the site linked above, and you are not familiar with the recent history of the present owner and his family, be sure to scroll down and read their very touching story.

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Wed, May 18, 2011, at 9:14 PM
  • Ok, I had a few minutes to look in my family geanology book and this is what I found. I found a photo of the Hotel Overall with letterhead dated Nov 26, 1935. It also gave the phone number as 52. In my photo the trees are taller than the hotel so apparetnly my photo is later that the one on this blog, but still we have no dates for either photo. However from the Hotel Overall, letterhead dated Nov 26, 1935, I would feel safe assuming that Jesse and Nora Overall who built the hotel in 1917 were still operating it in 1935. In fact Nora's published obituary in Jan 1938 stated that she passed away at Hotel Overall which she and her husband had operated for many years.

    -- Posted by justwanaknow on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 10:21 PM
  • Just noting that I may be a day late on updating this blog. Got caught without a photo and much work to do today.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 3:01 PM
  • David, I think that most of us who enjoy this blog so much understand. We know that you have a day (and most of the night) job that must take priority. Please know that we are looking forward to the next picture and comments whenever they come.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 5:15 PM
  • AMEN!!! leeiii


    -- Posted by FlaDon on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 11:45 AM
  • great space, love this history, been to hotel many times but never spent nite, had some great meals in dining room, please post more

    -- Posted by techster on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 2:10 PM
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