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Gov. Perry Breaks Ground on Restoration of Historic Settles Hotel

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Location: Big Spring, TX

Gov. Perry Breaks Ground on Restoration of Historic Settles Hotel

Gov. Rick Perry today touted the importance of protecting Texas' heritage through maintaining and preserving historic sites at a groundbreaking ceremony for the restoration of the Settles Hotel.

"The unique fabric of our state's history is represented in many forms," Gov. Perry said. "It is important to protect legendary landmarks like the Settles Hotel that provide a glimpse into the proud history that has made the Lone Star State an international travel destination."

The governor was joined by G. Brint Ryan, owner of the Settles Hotel Development Co. and Big Spring Mayor Russ McEwan at the event.

Opened by W.R. Settles on Oct. 1, 1930, the Settles Hotel was billed as the premier luxury lodging destination between Fort Worth and El Paso, and hosted dignitaries and celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Lawrence Welk and Herbert Hoover.

Renovations to the historic structure will include upgrading the heating, air conditioning, plumbing and elevators, as well as restorations to the building's original architectural details.

For more information on the Settles Hotel, please visit

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