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Welcome to the Mobley Hotel

The Mobley Hotel was the first hotel operated by Conrad Hilton. The story of how he acquired this hotel and how it became the springboard to a hotel empire, read Texas Ingenuity.

A Walk Though the Hilton Museum

The Conrad Hilton Center is located in Cisco, Texas at 309 Conrad Hilton Ave. The center is the building that housed the first Hilton Hotel, the Mobley. Used for a variety of activities now, a part of the building houses the Mobley Museum that tells the story of Conrad Hilton and the Mobley Hotel.

Mobley Hilton

The museum is open M-F 9 am -12 pm, 1-5 pm.
Phone: 254–442–2537 (we suggest you call to verify.)

At the entrance is a bust of Conrad Hilton.

Hilton bust

Conrad Hilton was known as the Innkeeper to the world.

Hilton Museum 1

Here are photos of Conrad (Connie) Hilton's family, including his mother and father.

Hilton Family1

Conrad Hilton's Mother and Father (Mary and Gus)

Mary and Gus Hilton

The museum includes a number of historical photos of Conrad Hilton's life.

Hilton Photos Historical

Conrad Hilton knew many other celebrities of the day. This photograph includes Walt Disney and (then) Vice President Richard Nixon.

Hilton and Disney

Conrad Hilton appeared on the cover of many prominent magazines.

Hilton Magazine

The museum includes several rooms in decor as they might have been when Conrad Hilton owned the Mobley.

Hilton Bed

More from the typical room...

Hilton Dresser

Of course, in that era people shared bathroom facilities...

Hilton Bath

By the time the Mobley was restored in the 1980s, few original pieces remained. Here is a desk and table from the original hotel.

Histon Original

Conrad Hilton went the Cisco to purchase a bank... instead he started the most well-known hotel chains in the world.

Hilton Bank

For a biography of Conrad Hilton, please read his story in the book Texas Ingenuity:

Texas Ingenuity

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