Booth Hotel History
Thomas J. Booth came to Montgomery County in 1870, the year after the county was organized. He received a common school education in Kansas and Iowa and for a time taught school. He then engaged in the business of buying and shipping cattle. In 1894, he organzied the Union Implement Company of Independence. Later, he became interested in the oil and gas business, a business in which he made conservative and profitable investments.
 
Construction on the Booth Hotel began in early 1911 and the 108-room project was finally completed in January 1912. The first guest to sign the register was L.A. McDermott of Kansas City. The building was the first multi-level steel reinforced concrete building ever constructed west of the Mississippi River and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior in 1983. In its glory years, the Hotel was visited by such dignitaries as Presidents Taft, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Reagan. Now, a century later, you can once again experience turn-of-the-century elegance.
 
The Hotel has a restaurant, bar, store-front shops, four banquet facilities, and twenty, beautiful, luxury apartments, ranging in size from 900 square feet to 1600 square feet. Tours are almost a daily routine here at the Booth today, and the old hotel once again can boast of visiting dignitaries, gala parties, and we are striving today to live up to a reputation established from 1912 to 1959 - a reputation for "unexcelled service, genuine hospitality, and maximum guest comfort".



Envelope From July 10, 1925

Old Booth Hotel Postcard

Old Booth Hotel Postcard

Old Booth Hotel Postcard

Old Booth Hotel Postcard
     

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