||This article relies entirely upon a single source, the National Register Information System (NRIS) database or one of its mirrors. Articles based solely on the NRIS may contain errors. (November 2013)|
|Architectural style||Second Empire|
|NRHP Reference #||83000428 |
|Added to NRHP||February 10, 1983|
The Cimarron Hotel is an historic hotel located in Cimarron, a small town located in southwest Kansas, United States. Cimarron, settled in 1878, was a notorious branch point on the historic Sante Fe Trail. At Cimarron, the trail divided, one branch heading southwest, the other following the Arkansas River to Bent's Fort (near La Junta, Colorado), then south over Raton Pass. Cimarron is the first town west of Dodge City on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad line.
The hotel was built by Nicholas B. Klaine in 1886, at an investment of $15,000. With the completion of the first floor of the three-story brick structure, he launched the New West Echo, a Republican newspaper. The newspaper occupied the north half of the first floor of the hotel. The hotel opened as the New West Hotel and operated as one of seven serving pioneers who needed to come to town for supplies or for cowboys and ruffians who literally wanted to "get the heck out of Dodge."
Despite several severe economic depressions and droughts in the late 19th Century, Klaine continued to operate the Cimarron Hotel under several managers, until 1902. In that year, the New West Echo ceased publication and Klaine sold the hotel to the Luther family. The name was changed to "The Luther Inn." The Luther family owned the hotel until 1947 when they sold the hotel to Else Bartlow, who had been the secretary at the hotel. She changed the name to the "Cimarron Hotel." In 1977, the hotel was purchased by its current owner, Kathleen Holt.
In the 1980s, the hotel underwent substantial renovations and became a restaurant, bed and breakfast lodging, and private home to the owner and her family. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. As of August 2007, a portion of the building is occupied by a quilt shop that also conducts quilting classes and seminars. The third floor of the building still comprises overnight quarters for guests.