Historic Markers Across Alabama



Hotel Monte Sano



Marker ID: AHA 
Location: Monte Sano Blvd. at Old Chimney Rd., Huntsville, AL
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 34° 44.589    W 086° 32.008
  34.74315    -86.53346666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Hotel Monte Sano
"Monte Sano"-Spanish for "Mountain of Health"


Side 1:
In 1887 the North Alabama Improvement Company, with the assistance of Michael and James O'Shaughnessy, built a 233-room hotel on Monte Sano Mountain. The hotel served as a health resort and haven for industrial giants including the Vanderbilts and Astors. Guests arrived via the Monte Sano Railway which ran up the mountain. The hotel ceased operations in 1900 and was later purchased by the Garth family for their summer residence. It was demolished for salvage in 1944. All that remains of the hotel is the brick chimney on Old Chimney Road.

Side 2:
Site of Hotel Monte Sano, built in 1887 by the North Alabama Improvement Company with the assistance of Michael and James O’Shaughnessy. The 233-room hotel opened on June 1, 1887 and served as a health resort and haven for famous visitors including Helen Keller, the Vanderbilts, and the Astors. Guests arrived via the “Tally Ho” stagecoach or the Monte Sano Railway, which served the mountain community. The hotel closed in 1900, and the W.W. Garth family later purchased it for their summer retreat. It was demolished for salvage in 1944. All that remains of the hotel is the brick chimney.







End of Hotel Monte Sano