The Midland Hotel was built on Pecan Street in 1896 to serve the needs of passengers traveling to or through this Central Texas town on the Texas Central Railroad as a feeder line to the bigger Houston & Texas Central. In 1910 the TCRR was acquired by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas RR. Source: Handbook of Texas online (visit link)
Hico continued to be an important regional gateway to the rails until more railroads jumped in to serve the area. Then the 1909 boll weevil infestation decimated the area's cotton farming and the Great Depression hit. Declining agricultural production caused a resulting decline in rail shipping. After WWII the great demographic population shift away from farms to the cities set off decades of declining fortunes in Hico. Source: and (visit link)
On April 30, 2014, Les and Amber Branson, owners of Les Branson Companies,
purchased the historic Midland Hotel building in Hico, Texas. Even though the
building has not been used as a hotel in a number of years, plans call for it to be
completely restored to a hotel, restaurant and bar. When work is complete, there
will be 15 luxury rooms and suites, a restaurant serving three meals per day and a
bar featuring live music.
The Midland will be the anchor point for historic downtown Hico, a small Central
Texas town, featuring outstanding shopping, dining and the Billy the Kid Museum.
The Midland Hotel is rich in history, having first opened in 1893 and then, re-opened
in 1896, after it and the entire downtown area, was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt
with brick and stone and stands today as a testimonial to the quality workmanship
that existed at that time.
You can follow the renovation and restoration of The Midland Hotel on
Facebook/Midland Hotel. Plans call for the hotel to be open in 2015. It will be an
ideal place for a weekend visit, company meetings, weddings, family reunions or
any other reason you may have to visit Hico or the top of the Texas Hill Country.
Come, stay, relax and enjoy Texas hospitality at its finest.