From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up: Langston Hughes in Lawrence, Kansas
701 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas
38° 58' 15.66"
-95° 14' 9.48"
Free-State Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St., on the site of the present Eldridge Hotel (1913). This is a vintage photograph of the hotel where Langston Hughes could have worked as a boy. It was built after the 1863 raid by William Quantrill. This hotel was torn down and replaced by the building that now houses the Eldridge Hotel. In his autobiographical novel, Hughes describes brass spittoons of the hotel, and At the rear of the lobby was the clerks desk, a case of cigars and cigarettes, a cooler for water, and the door to the men's room. Another contemporaneous photograph shows a cigar counter at the back of this hotels lobby. A women's room is now at the back of the lobby. The photograph was taken by Alfred Lawrence around 1895.