FAST FACTS about Conrad Hilton…

Conrad Hilton 2It’s me again, Renee Ryan.  I finished my latest book and hit the deadline, barely.  That means I’m starting the next book this week.  It’s Book Nine (9!) in my Charity House series.  More importantly, it’s the final book in the series.  That’s right.  I’ll be wrapping up the series in a few months.  Book 9 (title still in the works) will be a July 2015 release.  Not only will this book end the Charity House series, it will launch my next historical series.  I’m looking forward to bringing back many characters.  Think of this as a reboot.  Fun, right?

Anyway, when last I blogged I introduced you to the hotelier Conrad Hilton because he is the model (of sorts) for the hero of the book I’ve been talking about today.  I gave you some Fast Facts on Conrad, with the promise of more detail about how he got into the hotel business.

Since I’m back on deadline, with an even shorter delivery date than last time, I’m going to continue with my Fast Facts format.   You’ll probably see this format a lot in the coming months.  So, here we go.  Fast Facts on Conrad Hilton’s business experience and entrance into the hotel industry!1_conrad_hilton

  • Conrad received his entrepreneurial mentality from his father, who owned a general store in Socorro, New Mexico
  • In his early twenties, he became a Republican representative in the first New Mexico State Legislature, just after the state was formed
  • He made the decision to become a banker during his stint with other like-minded men he worked with in the legislature
  • He moved to Texas during the oil boom in 1919 with the intention of buying a bank
  • When the sale of the bank fell through, he bought his first hotel in Cisco, Texas—the 40-room Mobley Hotel
  • This first venture into the hotel industry was so successful he converted the dining room into additional hotel rooms to meet the demand
  • He went on to buy more hotels throughout Texas, including the following:
              The Dallas Hilton, opened in 1925   
              The Abilene Hilton, opened in 1927 
              The Waco Hilton, opened in 1928 
              The El Paso Hilton, opened in 1930
  • He built his first hotel outside of Texas in Albuquerque, New Mexico, opened in 1939
  • During the 1940s, he expanded west to California and east to New York and Chicago.  His purchases included the Waldorf-Astoria in New York
  • In 1946, he formed the Hilton Hotels Corporation and, in 1948, he formed the Hilton International Corporation
  • His was the first international hotel chain

What a fascinating man, right?  In honor of my beginning the last Charity House book I’m giving away a copy of Book Eight, HIS MOST SUITABLE BRIDE, or any book from my back list if you already have the book.   All you have to do is leave a comment to be included in the drawing.




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15 thoughts on “FAST FACTS about Conrad Hilton…”

  1. Wow… thanks for sharing your fast facts about Conrad Hilton… I wonder if I have anybody really interesting in my family history… maybe way down the line…

  2. Again very interesting info, Renee. I always enjoy learning more about people who name important stuff after themselves. My maiden name is so crazy would never work for anything major LOL. Best wishes with the book.

  3. I love all those facts! so interesting! I would have loved to see what those hotels looked like then! here is to fast writing for your new book!

  4. I always thought Conrad Hilton came from the Northeast, New York or Connecticut. Many of the leaders of industry (of all types) had those origins and I didn’t pick up on his birth place in your last post. Looking at his pictures, he looks the part of a successful Eastern businessman. I can’t imagine him wearing a stetson, boots and jeans.
    He obviously had a good head for business to have built the foundation of his empire in about 30 years. In that short time, he laid the foundation for an extensive and successful business for future generations of his family.
    Thanks for an interesting post. Good luck with the work on your next book. Hate to see the series end. Am looking forward to seeing what you do with the characters in the future.

  5. Hi Ranee. Very interesting post. I never knew the Hilton Hotels started in Texas. Was interesting to see that his dad ran a general store in Socorro, NM. I had a sister who lived there for many years and is buried there. And, when I was growing up we lived within 30 min. or so from Waco. Please put my name in for your book. I would love to add to my Charity collection. Thanks.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  6. Should be very interesting! Hilton was an industrious guy! My spouse’s grandfather was the builder of some of his hotels and a friend. I’ll look forward to reading the book! I loved His Most Suitable Bride!

  7. Hilton was an industrious guy! My husband’s grandfather built some of his earliest hotels and he and Hilton were friends. I will look forward to reading the book and getting to know ‘your Hilton’! I very much enjoyed reading His Most Suitable Bride as well as others from your talented pen.

  8. I’m enjoying your Charity House series. I’m looking forward to the release of book #9!

    I like to read how people started out doing something and then changed directions so successfully.

    I didn’t know that he was from New Mexico, that he was a politician or that he started his hotels in Texas.

    Thanks for sharing

    johns lake at usa dot com

  9. Great facts about Conrad Hilton. I didn’t know he started in Texas with his hotels. I thought he was from New York or somewhere in the East. Interesting post.

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