For Texan, 81, the Hotel Pines 'was my palace'

PB officials say interest is building to restore landmark

Posted: September 1, 2014 at 2:51 a.m.

This May 2014 photo shows the crumbling two story lobby of the Hotel Pines during a visit by a group of photographers in Pine Bluff, Ark. (AP Photo/KUAR-FM, Michael Hibblen)

PINE BLUFF -- As a young girl, Trudy Sanders of Spring, Texas, enjoyed swinging around the large columns that anchor the Hotel Pines' facade to Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff. Her mother scolded her, but the little girl couldn't resist holding on to the ornate pillars and twirling around as fast as she could.

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