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Brothers Remember Growing Up in the Plaza Hotel

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

With the Plaza hotel coming down in less than a week, local stories about incredible connections to the hotel are seeing the light of day.

One of those stories has to do with a family. A mother and her three boys probably spent more time inside than anybody else in the building's history.

Ricky and Larry Young have been a part of the Plaza hotel since it was the Ramada Inn.

The brothers moved to College Station in 1967 when their mother Betty Young was hired to run the hotel.

"It was just such a smaller town back then. When it hit summer time, they would almost roll up the streets. You could sleep in the middle of Texas Avenue," said Ricky Young.

Ricky was the youngest of three brothers. Just six years old when his Mom moved the family to the hotel, he lived there until he was 18.

"Everybody worked there together and everybody watched out for everybody. It was just family," said Ricky.

"I was the king of commodes and air conditioners," joked Larry about his work at the hotel.

Larry was a a few years older than Ricky and he too lived in the hotel with his family for several years.

"It wasn't normal by any stretch of the imagination but our family has never been real normal," joked Larry.

As the boys grew up each had their own unique experiences.

"It's one thing having a mom and dad. Living there at the hotel, I had no less than 10 to 15 surrogate parents," said Ricky.

"At two o'clock in the morning you could go down and raid the icebox, bring out the roast beef from the Sunday buffett and make you a sandwich," said Larry with a big laugh.

"Whatever I was getting into, if I was into trouble, I'd always hear behind me, Rick, your Mom's not going to like that," said Ricky.

Those memories come flooding back every time the brothers pass the old hotel. It helps them remember their mother who passed away last August.

"Mom lived and breathed the hotel. She was up at 6 a.m. greeting everybody when they came in and she was there till after midnight," said Ricky.

"We did kind of regret the fact that she spent so many hours at the Ramada, really married to the Ramada. But as a means to an end that's what she felt like she had to do," said Larry.

Ricky and Larry's experiences at the old Ramada Inn will live on through the stories they tell their children but memories of the hotel itself and all the incredible people that worked, played, and lived there will be a part of the B/CS community forever.

"I just want to make sure that isn't lost. That we don't forget where our roots come from and where the city started as we realize where were going to and where we're pointed to in the future," said Ricky.

The brothers plan to be front and center for the implosion next Thursday and still keep up with others that have a personal connection to the Plaza Hotel.

The Plaza is set to be imploded at 6:30 a.m. next Thursday. KBTX will have live team coverage starting at 5:30 a.m. on Brazos Valley This Morning.


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