Hotel Waddy
West Baden Springs

The only hotel in the Valley where black visitors could find accomodations. This was the hotel that Joe Lewis, world boxing champion, used while training at the West Baden Springs Hotel. Blacks were not welcome at any of other hotels in the Valley, but here they found a home away from home. During the great hotel fire of 1901 Mrs. Waddy provided a refuge for many of the guest of the big hotel in the aftermath of the fire.