The Olde Park Hotel History
The Olde Park Hotel is a historical place located in Ballinger, Texas. The original building structure that eventually became the hotel as it is seen today later in the 1920’s was in Ballinger in 1886 and is believed to be much older than 1886. There was a major flood in Ballinger in 1905 that destroyed many paper records that were kept in the courthouse basement across the street.
This building was a cowboy lodging house, a school, a brothel (twice), a place for poker games, a boarding house, a hotel, and eventually became a music and antique store. Many strong rumors exist about known outlaws being associated to have stayed in the hotel at one time or another. Bonnie Parker was born in Rowena, Texas which is only about 8 miles from Ballinger. There is a strong rumor/story that they did stay in the hotel at different times while they did their crime spree across the area. Maybe they might still be here? There are other researched stories as well.
Other very notorious Old West Bandits like Emmanuel Clements Sr., John Wesley Hardin, and Killin’ Jim Miller , have passed through Ballinger and the doors of this hotel as well and did quite possibly stay in the hotel.