written by Cara Strickland
When the Historic Davenport Hotel opened in 1914, it was at the cutting edge of luxury, drawing visitors from far and wide for social events and overnight stays (including many celebrities over the years, such as Amelia Earhart, John F. Kennedy, Clark Gable and Babe Ruth). Unfortunately, the building was the worse for wear when it closed in 1985.
In 2000, the hotel escaped near demolition when Walt and Karen Worthy bought it and restored it to its former glory. Now, guests can peruse photos from long ago while standing in the grand hallways and ballrooms, just as those historic guests would have seen them.