The Rankin Hotel, once Cook's Hotel
On October 12, 1860, John Wilkes Booth was shot in this building, but not fatally. The building was then called Cook's Hotel. Booth was in the city to play Romeo and Juliet. The shot disabled Booth for some time, yet he recovered and went on to perform in Montgomery. Oscar Wilde, Eugene Debs, and William Jennings Bryan all stayed in this hotel.