Hotel Perkins

5th and D St

Hotel Perkins, circa 1913
The Hotel Perkins — circa 1914

The Hotel Perkins was built in 1888 by the David City Improvement Company. It was named after businessman B.O. Perkins, who made the final $1,000 payment on the building’s debt. It was splendidly furnished and excellently equipped, heated by steam and lighted by electricity. Notable guests at the hotel included John J. Pershing, William Jennings Bryan, and several governors.

The facility featured a popular coffee shop and cafe. Other businesses in the building included a barbershop, shoe store, and grocery store. It remained an important part of David City’s commerce through the early 1970s. The hotel was demolished in 1982, making way for the Hruska Memorial Public Library in 1996. The library now serves as a community hub, preserving local history and hosting the Butler County Gallery.

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Illustration of Hotel Perkins, from the 1889 Nebraska State Atlas.
Illustration of Hotel Perkins — 1889 Nebraska State Atlas.
Hotel Perkins, 1953.
Hotel Perkins — 1953.
Hotel Perkins, 1982.
Hotel Perkins before demolition — 1982.
Lobby interior of the Hotel Perkins, 1940.
Lobby interior of the Hotel Perkins — 1940.
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