This building has always been
linked to a Railroad....
The Redlands Hotel was built
in 1914 by a group of citizens to provide housing for the
visitors to the City from the railroad. Built as a fine
hotel with an up date restaurant, ice machine, orchestra and
ballroom, it was in high demand until 1918 when WW I caused
economy problems. Imagine debarking from a long train ride
to walk into the Redlands Hotel’s dining room and an elegant
the building was leased to the I.G..N.R.R. as its home
office after its then current office burned. It occupied the
building until 1956 as Missouri Pacific Lines, when it moved
to a new building on the other side of the tracks. Union
Pacific later merged with MoPac Lines.
1940-1950's Missouri Pacific
Office Days photos.
From 1956 – 1972 it was empty
and decaying when the current owners decided to buy it and
restore it to useful life. In 1982, it was registered in the
National Register of Historic Places and now shines as a
beautiful example of hotel construction. The construction is
steel I-beam and concrete similar to high rises of today.
Brown brick is artistically laid on all five stories with a
cap of metal cornice on two sides.
of Palestine can trace much of its heritage to the
development brought by the railroad and the many men and
women whose livelihood was the railroad.
Henry Clay Mollard Sr, Uncle of Norman Mollard, poses with
his engine in 1911. Several generations of Mollards worked
on the railroad.
Today, the Texas State Railroad adds
to its heritage with the live steam train operating between
Rusk and Palestine for visitors. Union Pacific continues to
be a major employer with many trains hustling their way
through the downtown daily.
Click on the photo to visit the Texas State Railroad Site to
Once again, a visitor can walk
into the Redlands dining room for a fine meal, historical
surrounding and perhaps learn a new story about this town
which had a link to the world via rail as early as 1872. The
City of Palestine was formed in 1846 and when the railroad
came to the West side of the Courthouse, life changed as it
became a bustling city with life brought to its doorstep by
history of Palestine and Anderson County is dotted with the
effect of the train and is forever linked to the rails.
"All rails lead to Palestine,
Learn more at the Museum for East
Texas Culture or the City of Palestine Library and take a
ride on the Texas State Railroad. Sit on one of the benches
at the Redlands and watch the trains go by.
Centennial Celebration 2015
County Line Magazine article about the Redlands Centenial Celebration.
We would like to share a recent article
about the Redlands Historic Hotel published
in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.