Old Hotel, Hebbronville, Texas

by Brian Cofer January. 24, 2014 20596 views

Viggo Kohler had the eponymous Hotel Viggo bulit in 1915 when Hebrronville, an outpost in the brush country of South Texas, had only a few hundred people. At the time, the Mexican Revolution was raging not far to the south, and the hotel was used a fortress against Pancho Villa, who had an occasional yearning to make shoot-em-up raids north of the Rio Grande.

I don't really know anything else about this place, when it closed, that sort of thing. Based on some clues I found around the hotel, it appears that this served as the county emergency medical services headquarters and a senior nutrition center for a while before finally shutting down for good, perhaps not all that long ago.

The doors were locked, but the windows were completely broken out. Seeing this as an inviation to enter, I spent a good while photographing this old hotel, that must have once been a pretty grand establishment for a town that to this day has fewer than 5,000 people.

I can only assume the gurney is a remnant of the days when the local EMS was based here.

Across the street we find the Jim Hogg County Courthouse, serving what I think is the best-named county in America.

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Robin Jones 3 years, 3 months ago

it saddens me to see it like this ,I remember staying there as a young girl

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Stormfish 6 years, 9 months ago

wonderful place. i love how it slowly rots: how it looses corners, paint, it's smoothness. you have become such an expert in documenting this decay. i MUST insist on a book publish!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Kenny H 6 years, 10 months ago

I'm surprised that vending machine is still there. This is a great find. It looks like it was a really grand place at one time. I wonder if I can find it in its original state on the internet..

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 6 years, 10 months ago

Great find!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 10 months ago

I would like some of that old wood! :)

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Patsy Abbey 6 years, 10 months ago

It looks like this was a very Grand Hotel in its day.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
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