As Community Celebrates Historic Hotel, Could it Be a Sign of Future Oil Boom?

Many around Eastland Co. gathered at the historic Connellee Hotel in downtown Eastland to celebrate the building's 85th anniversary.

The hotel was built in 1928 as a result of the influx of people going to the area to take part in the oil boom there.

However, as the boom began to fade, the hotel began to deteriorate and was eventually shut down in the 1950's and the building was closed all together 20 years later.

It wasn't until 2005, that a group of Eastland residents fought to restore the building.

We asked some of the key people who worked on the restoration whether they believe the hotel could return to it's "glory days" during the anticipated oil boom, however, they seemed skeptical.

Although they would welcome any kind of economic impact from the Cline Shale impact, they believe they've learned their lessons on how to deal with such situations and are better prepared to not depend on it as their primary source of growth. 

The Connellee is now a place for people to book private venues and banquets.  It also serves as office space. 

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