Another stay @ Miss Mollys Hotel in Ft. Worth Tx. Stockyards. Known to be haunted,and Has been featured on Television.
In its very beginning, several factors came together for the good of the city of Fort Worth, in the 19th century. There was an abundance of wild, longhorn cows on the plains around the Fort Worth area, left over from another time, whose former owners were long gone. These cows just waiting to be rounded up and claimed by enterprising cowboys. Money was to be made, because these cows would sell for as much as 50 dollars a head up north. So, Fort Worth began its livestock industry, becoming the starting point of the well traveled Chisholm Trail, that brought many a herd to northern markets, before the railroads came through town.
The coming of the railroad brought huge growth to the stockyards, and even more prosperity to Fort Worth. Livestock no longer had to walk to market, and kept their weight, becoming more valuable. Buying and selling of livestock at the Fort Worth Stockyards increased because of the access to the railroad as well.
Fort Worth became cow and livestock central, resulting in a load of wealth, prosperity, and an appreciation for not only the cattle, livestock business, but for the people who made it all possible! By the turn-of-the-century, Fort Worth offered 37 saloons, 17 blacksmith shops, 24 wagon yards, six hide dealers and seven barbers, large-scale stockyards and supporting livestock businesses were built at the other eastern end of Exchange Avenue, and large areas, east of N. Main Street. Eventually, a rodeo stadium also made its home in the stockyard area, which is still busy today.
A tremendous business boom, fueled by the lucrative livestock and meat packing successes, had money flowing into Fort Worth for a very long time, until the later part of the 20th century.
The need for a proper, classy boarding house was great in 1910, so this building, currently the home of Fort Worth's Star Cafe, and Miss Molly's, was constructed, becoming an up and coming boarding house, The Palace Rooms.
Fifteen to twenty years later, during Prohibition, it changed hands and was renamed, THE OASIS, complete with a speakeasy for illegal drinking, something much appreciated by its clientele. Sometimes, the authorities looked the other way, and speakeasies were allowed to exist. (Wabasha Street Caves * National Pastime Theater * County Line BBQ Restaurant)
By the 1940s, this once high class boarding house had sunk down several notches, becoming a bordello, The Gayatte Hotel, sexually servicing cowboys, others in town who were involved to the livestock business, and perhaps more shadier people of the time. Some not so nice folks were entertained here, with dire consequences for some of the women employed in this establishment.
When the Texas government finally stopped tolerating prostitution, the people involved here were probably busted, and the building was put back into the real estate market. New owners renovated the building and started the Fort Worth's Star Cafe on the ground floor, and turned the upper stories into a bed and breakfast, Miss Molly's, both legal ways to make a living.