1895:The elegant Four Seasons Hotel in Cumberland Gap (site of LMU) was sold for $28,000. The huge hotel, said to have 700 rooms, cost $700,000 to build just four years earlier.
1905: James Burdette, Rev. E. P. Mayes and frank Embry bought the building on the corner of Winchester and 21st Street for use as a Black Masonic Hall.
1921: The Cumberland Hotel on the corner of 18th and Cumberland Avenue was destroyed by fire. It had been erected in 1889 by Zan Tribble and had had several additions. (The next year a new Cumberland Hotel was built and served the city through the 1960s.)
1926: Woolworth Dime Store opened in the Vail Block (on Cumberland near 20th) with the claim, “Our Highest Price: 10 cents.” For that amount, one could buy a 10 gallon galvanized pail, a large Turkish towel or a set of children’s bloomers.
1955: The Little Theatre had a total of 450 members. They were rehearing “Strange Bedfellows” under the leadership of Mrs. Kirby Smith, Jr.