Menger Hotel
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If Oscar Wilde returned to the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio (either in person or in ghostly form), he would no doubt think that little had changed since he stayed there in the 1880s on his tour through the "Wild West." By the time Wilde had gotten to the Menger in the 1880s, the hotel (built in 1858 by German immigrant William Menger) was already known as one of the most luxurious and best known hotels in the West. O. Henry wrote it into the story line of several of his works, and Theodore Roosevelt, a prolific writer in his own right, held court in the bar here, recruiting Rough Riders from its tables during the Spanish-American War. Along with its title as one of Texas' most literary hotels, it's also one of the Lone Star State's most haunted—though we're not sure if Oscar's spirit is one of the many that can't seem to check out.
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