“There’s a vastness here and I believe that the people who are born here breathe that vastness into their soul. They dream big dreams and think big thoughts, because there is nothing to hem them in.”
~ CONRAD N. HILTON
Reflecting on how his New Mexico birthplace helped shape his perspective on life.
After returning home from serving in WWI, Conrad N. Hilton raised some money from friends and family and, in 1919, headed to the Texas oil boomtown of Cisco to buy a bank. But when the bank’s owner raised the price at the last minute, Conrad broke off negotiations. From this disappointment came the opportunity of a lifetime. Noticing that Cisco’s Mobley hotel was busy around the clock with oil field workers, Conrad convinced the owner to sell, buying a hotel instead of the bank – a decision that would change the face of travel forever. The Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas was the start of something big.
By 1929, Conrad had built up a chain of eight hotels in Texas but lost all but one of them in the Great Depression. He refused to declare bankruptcy and emerged from the economic crisis determined to rebuild Hilton into a global hotel empire.
From resort beaches to bustling metropolises, Conrad Hilton built many of the world’s most beloved hotels. Today, Hilton is the world’s fastest growing hotel company, every week introducing the legendary Hilton name and brand of hospitality to new communities around the world.