One year later: Remembering the Mentone Springs Hotel

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MENTONE, Ala. (WHNT) -- The town of Mentone is remembering an icon, one year after it burned to the ground.

Sunday marked one year since the Mentone Springs Hotel and White Elephant antiques burned down.

An icon in the Valley, the hotel was built in 1884 and was the last wooden Victorian hotel in Alabama.

The day after it burned, smoke rose from the charred remains of the buildings. All that was left were structures made of stone or brick.

One year later, the debris is cleared. The foundation of the historic building and the adjacent White Elephant are all that remain.

Gates swing open, the signs are still visible, and the memories the town residents have not changed.

"It was the face of our town," one resident recalls.

The hotel's owner says plans are in the works to determine the future of the site.

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