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Hi Michael,

I'm writing a western (screenplay) and have a Native American character who is spending the night in a town in Texas (circa 1870). I'm assuming he would not have been welcome in hotels/boarding houses catering to white men. Where would he have stayed?

Thank you for your time.

Hi Rob,

Although formal segregation laws were not implemented until 1876, you are correct that virtually all boarding houses or hotels banned Native Americans, Hispanics, and African Americans.  Typically, such people would be able to bunk down in the stable or a barn, or on nice nights might sleep on a bed roll out under the open sky.

I hope this helps!
- Mike  

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Michael Troy


I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.


I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.


J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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