Old Hotel, San Juan, Texas

by Brian Cofer February. 01, 2014 36644 views

I can't find much on this place. It was built in 1920, and like so many of these towns in the Rio Grande Valley, which were started by Anglo real estate developers, a hotel was needed to put up the hordes of Midwesterners who flocked down as potential land buyers. As with so many hotels down here, the San Juan was built as a Spanish-style tropical fantasy to further enchant clients.

A YouTube video claims that the hotel is haunted and that a prostitute was murdered there, but one thing I've learned is that every old building seems to come with a legend of being haunted by someone who was either murdered, committed suicide, or died under mysterious or tragic circumstances. I've come to take all that with several grains of salt. I've been in so many of these allegedly haunted buildings and never experienced anything slightly strange or mysterious.

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Pedro Ayala 1 year, 12 months ago

Great photos Brian! I live in Edinburg, TX and founded a grass roots, volunteer and membership based organization to preserve our history in the Rio Grande Valley as well as introduce better urban planning for healthier living. Our website www.buildrgv.com showcases the San Juan Hotel as one of many historically endangered buildings in the RGV. When did you take these pictures? I started a discussion with the economic development corporation and city of San Juan to see if they would be interested in acquiring it for public purposes. If I were to need some of your photos may borrow them, use them for reference with credit of course. Thank again for the work that you do.

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Stormfish 5 years, 4 months ago

i think this one could be built up again and would make a good luxury residence. i for one would love to stay there... if they could get rid of the bugs and rats.

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Patsy Abbey 5 years, 4 months ago

This was once a lovely hotel. Is the town dried up, too?

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