Samuel Melvin Otero County, New Mexico

Samuel Melvin, proprietor of Hotel Virginia at Cloudcroft, Otero county, is a native of Indiana, but was reared in Kentucky and during the greater part of his life has been engaged in the cattle business, which he has followed quite extensively in the southwest. For the past twenty years he has also been identified with the hotel business in Texas, conducting hotels at different times in Lacona and Spanish Fort, Texas, in Roswell, New Mexico, and at Cloudcroft, opening the Hotel Virginia in the summer of 1901.

Here he has accommodations for one hundred guests and has furnished meals to as high as three hundred. He has permanent sleeping accommodations for about sixty. The seasons extend from the 1st of May until the last of September and his hostelry has become a popular resort, receiving a large patronage.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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