When visiting Broken Bow, you should be sure to check out the historic Arrow Hotel.
Anne Thomas recently met with us to talk about that history. "It was built in 1928 by the citizens of Broken Bow," Thomas said. "What I understand is they got seven businessmen together and decided this would be the perfect spot for a hotel. The Continental Hotel was here. They took that one down, and built the Arrow Hotel."
Through the years, the hotel has seen good times and tough times. But a couple of community leaders, including a man by the name of Ray Brown, decided to turn the building into apartments. "That did not quite work out, but they didn't want to give up, so they turned it back into a hotel," Thomas said. "That's why if you go upstairs, the rooms in the historic Arrow are full suites with full kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms. It's because they were set up for apartments."
There are many unique features in the interior of the hotel. "In the restaurant portion, the booths are made from old, original hotel doors from upstairs," Thomas said. And there's a room, that used to be a "cigar room" but is no longer in use. There are many other ornate details that make the hotel charming. There is also plenty of growth happening. "The biggest change is the Arrow East," Thomas said. "As you know, there was a fire on that block, and that was a real devastation to Broken Bow. We put up the Arrow East in the same footprint. The whole idea behind it is we wanted to create a complete downtown square once again," Thomas said.
Thomas adds that an effort was made to use all local businesses when constructing the Arrow East. "The furniture, the carpeting, the handiwork, everything is from merchants in Broken Bow," Thomas said. So, when staying at the Arrow Hotel, you can choose to stay in the historic section, or the new Arrow East section. Either way, you're bound to have a memorable stay.