Webster Springs once held the largest wooden hotel in West Virginia. Originally, a small hotel was built in 1897 on the flat bottomland by the Elk River, now known as Hotel Bottom. As the railroad expanded into Webster Springs and the salt sulphur waters gained a national reputation, the hotel expanded to 300 rooms with many guest rooms, baths and other amenities. The hotel was destroyed by fire on July 20, 1925. It was said that you could see the bright sky as far away as Elkins. There is an informational sign located on the grounds above the Mineral Springs Motel where a portion of the old hotel once stood.