Originally built in 1899 by Philadelphia transplant Wilke Power as the Power Hotel, the Midland Railroad Hotel was once considered among the premier hotels in the Midwest. A magnificent, limestone building rising three stories high and comprising 28 elegant rooms—and lit by the day’s latest method, acetylene gas—it was popular stop along the Union Pacific Railroad between Kansas City and Denver. Businessmen stopped there so often to show their wares, in fact, that the hotel’s basement became known as the Sample Room (and still is today.
After a November 1902 fire gutted the hotel, it was restored and reopened as the Midland Railroad Hotel. Rebuilt with modern heating, it maintained its status through the roaring 1920s as one of the finest, modern-day hotels in the region.
Once the Great Depression hit, the hotel suffered with the rest of America, making ends meet by raising chickens on the third floor to serve to dinner guests. Over the next several decades, the Midland continued to operate, even serving as a backdrop for many scenes in the 1973 film “Paper Moon,” starring Ryan O’Neal and daughter Tatum.
The Midland’s previous owners, John and Agnes Hill, closed the hotel in 1978 after 18 years in business. Then in 1997, the Wilson Foundation purchased the historic building for $35,000, launching six-year, $3.2 million renovation, earning the organization a Kansas Preservation Award for its painstaking restoration.
The Midland Railroad reopened in 2003 to its 1920s glory and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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“If you are looking for a relaxed stay in a charming hotel, look no further. The town is lovely, and the people are friendly. Definitely a great stay.”
“This hotel is exceptional! Super clean, very friendly staff, and a pub (The Sample Room) with great food right on site. It is only a few miles from Wilson Lake were you can find hiking and mountain biking trails.“
“If you are a railroad enthusiast, love history or just the road less traveled, this hotel is the place for you! In the charming town of Wilson Kansas, there is a gem of a hotel. Beautiful restored hotel, wonderful beds with luxury bedding. This place is so elegant, from a time gone by. Breakfast is basic continental, but very good. Stop and spend a day or two. Lots to see and do in the surrounding area. Owned by a mother & daughter, support small family owned business.“
“Great location. Good was good. Seating section was good. Everything was well organized. Staff were friendly and nice.“
“Amazing historic hotel if you are traveling I-70 skip Hays, Russel or Colby and stay at the Midland Railroad in Wilson KS 2 miles south of exit 206!“
“This historic hotel is a gem in central Kansas. It is a throwback. The restaurant is excellent and the rooms are authentic and cozy. I would travel out of my way to stay here again.”
“We loved this renovated hotel! Our room was a bit small, but we knew to expect that due to the type of place this was. It was restored beautifully & we felt like we were stepping back in time. The whole town has the same feel. The town has work alarms that sound at 7 am, noon, & 5 pm, which for us just added to the feel of many years ago, but might bother some. If you can’t stand tight places, this is probably not for you, but if you love historical places, you will love it here!”
“Always a great memory to add to my life. Loved the live music on the patio. Great wine and service.”
“I was transported back to the old west, if you’re tired of staying at run of the mill chain motels, than try this gem. It was once an Opera House, and is full of beautiful woodwork, and authentic pieces of Americana. I’m glad I didn’t get to try out their storm shelter in the basement!”
“Super cute hotel in a historic downtown. We loved the historical charm and friendly staff. We would definitely stay there again.”
“Staying in this old Historic Hotel is a memorable experience. It’s conveniently located a short distance off of I-70. Wilson is the Czech capital of Kansas. The largest Czech egg in the world it’s right across from the hotel. If your a history buff I recommend you stay at this hotel, you will not be disappointed.”
“Not sure I’ll ever make it to your neck of the woods, but I am eternally grateful you took care of Jeremy Miller with Walk Across America. Selfless acts like this that actually mean something is A HUGE deal, and not enough businesses do it. I’m positive this hotel is a wonderful organization managed and staffed by outstanding individuals.”
“Really good food and friendly staff. Love going here!”
“Very unique spot in the heart of Wilson! Extremely clean room and elegant hotel. Well worth the stay and a great value!”
“Our host has done a wonderful job bringing this hotel back to life. It’s a step back in time, enjoyed the history, and artifacts. Bonus if you are of Czechoslovakian descent.”
“What a cool place this is! Loved that it still has feel of a historical place with all the comforts of today. Beautiful garden area out back, we sat and enjoyed the surroundings. Got to briefly chat with Melinda and she is super sweet! Wish we would have known about this place the last four years of traveling through Kansas. Would have stayed here every time!!”
“The hotel was an amazing stay! If you love historical places then you’d loved this hotel and town.”
“Comfortable beds, a good place to stop after a long day on the road. Nice breakfast. We enjoyed our stay very much.”
“Clean, quick responses, informative. The Sample Room bar in the basement is excellent with a fantastic spicy chicken!”
“A must stop if passing through Kansas! This hotel has a fabulous atmosphere and amazing amenities. I’ve stopped once a year for the past three and it gets better every time. There’s a small restaurant and bar downstairs with local beers and amazing food!! Staff brought my food and drinks to the room-which was exactly what I needed after a 6 hour drive after work. It’s a small staff and you can tell everyone is dedicated to making you feel welcome. The owner’s daughter makes the kolache for breakfast every morning and it is SPOT ON! Delicious!!! The beds are plush and comfortable. The back patio is cozy and charming. I already look forward to going back next year!”