Built in 1876, The Capital Hotel “has been the stage for the struggles, schemes, and dreams” of guests, from authors and actors to prostitutes and politicians, according to author Steven Weintz.
President Ulysses S. Grant was a guest in 1880, and the hotel’s large elevator purportedly allowed his horse to join him. At 11.5 feet by 7.3 feet, the elevator supposedly held the entire 135-member Arkansas General Assembly.
Opposing political candidates reportedly set up shop on opposite ends of the hotel, and Weintz speculates that more Arkansas history has been made in these storied rooms than at the State House.
– Eve Lederman, The Arkansas 100