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Ruins of the historic Mentone Springs Hotel

Years ago, Baby Girl and I visited the historic Mentone Springs Hotel on Lookout Mountain.

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Historic Mentone Spring Hotel before it burned in 2014. It was built in 1884. (Source: Patty Tucker via Wikimedia Commons)

Mentone is a mountain town in DeKalb County, Alabama, with quaint gift shops and eateries. But its jewel was the 130-year-old Mentone Springs Hotel that overlooked the town. When it burned on March 1, 2014, Alabama lost an incredible piece of its past. White House Antiques, shown below, survived.

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White Elephant Antiques, housed in a historic building next to the hotel, survived the fire. (White Elephant Antiques Facebook page)

A while back, Sweetums and I went and visited the ruins of the iconic hotel, which was built in 1884. I’m not sure what the plans are for the property, but for now the stone ruins and iconic sign stand as its memorial.

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Ruins of historic Mentone Springs Hotel. (Photo by Wil Elrick/permission required)

 

Check out more of Sweetums’ photos below and click to read:

My history of the inn written before it burned.

A colleague’s account of the 2014 fire.

 

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Ruins of historic Mentone Springs Hotel. (Photo by Wil Elrick/permission required)
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Ruins of historic Mentone Springs Hotel. (Photo by Wil Elrick/permission required)
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Ruins of historic Mentone Springs Hotel. (Photo by Wil Elrick/permission required)

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