09 Nov Burks Hotel Destroyed by Fire
June 21, 1907
Burks Hotel Destroyed by Fire
The Burks Hotel in Fayetteville burned to the ground on June 21, 1907. Mr. Silas Asbury Burks was the owner, having bought the large structure a few years earlier from Dr. James Bennett. The spacious two-story building was originally a dwelling house built in the 1850s and occupied by Colonel Mial M. Tidwell, a prominent lawyer in town. Sometimes after the fire (about 1909 or 1910) Mr. Burks rebuilt the hotel and it continued to operate until the mid-20th century. Mrs. Mamie Burks Allen, daughter of Silas A. Burks, was the last owner and resident of the building. The historic structure stood until 1976 when Fayette County bought it and razed the building to make way for a parking lot. The Holiday Inn Express now occupies the site.
By John Lynch
Source: The History of Fayette County 1821 – 1971 Carolyn Cary, Ed. 1977
Ledger book of George Dorman