Neighborhood students, historians celebrate grand re-opening of Worth Hotel

The old Worth Hotel, built in 1904 along the railroad tracks in Carrolton, is now open to tourists of Dallas Heritage Village. Following a three-year restoration project, the historic hotel features a new exterior and in-depth interior exhibit detailing the history of hotel visitors and workers.

Dallas Heritage Village President/Executive Director Gary Smith with historian Sam Childers. Junior Historians Sophia Radke, Christian Salinas, Evelyn Pennings, Quinn Torres, Adam Pennings, Elizabeth McPherson, Melissa Prycer up top

The hotel served as the focal point for a history project for several area students, some from the Oak Cliff area, collectively known as the Dallas Heritage Village Junior Historians.

The kids, ages 11-18, have been researching the history of the hotel all year. They unearthed previously unknown history of hotel staffers and residents. Using census records, news articles and recorded memories from a boy who grew up in the Worth Hotel, the young historians put together a snapshot of life at the hotel in 1910.

Junior Historian Quinn Torres, of Oak Cliff, and his mom LeAnn Stundins

They developed new exhibit materials including signage, cell phone tours, and are working on a You Tube Video.

Sam Childers, a Preston Hollow resident who authored “Images of America: Historic Dallas Hotels” spoke at last week’s grand re-opening of the Worth Hotel, and the Junior Historians cut the ceremonial ribbons.


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