COMMUNITY COLUMN: Thorsby’s first hotel a popular stop for travelersPublished 7:51pm Thursday, March 28, 2013
By Tracia Bussey
When the founders of Thorsby first purchased the land from the L & N Railroad to develop a new town, they realized a need for a fine hotel for people to stay in.
This hotel set atop a rise in the center of town, almost exactly where today’s Dollar General in Thorsby is located.
Many a weary traveler stepped off the train at the Thorsby Depot and checked into the Thorsby Hotel during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Some merely staying overnight while on a long trip, some visiting friends or conducting business, while many looked for a plot of land to buy and settle in the new town they had read about in advertisements.
The old hotel had a top balcony, which gave visitors a panoramic view of the town.
A small park existed between the back of the hotel and the Thorson home.
Later, the hotel served the Thorsby Institute as a girl’s dormitory, and like so many of the old buildings that were constructed of wood in that time, it was lost to fire.
–Tracia Bussey is a community columnist for The Clanton Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.