In 1919, Conrad Hilton the founder purchased his first hotel, a middle class rest in the city of CISCO (Texas) the 40-room Mobley Hotel and bought additional Texas hotels as years passed since the bif plan for DALLAS in 1925
In 1925 Conrad moved to Dallas for his first bid deal, the Dallas Hilton became the first hotel to use the Hilton name. In 1927, Hilton expanded to Waco, Texas, where he opened the first hotel with air-conditioning in public areas and cold running water
In 1943, Hilton purchased the Roosevelt Hotel and the Plaza Hotel in New York, establishing the first hospitality company to span the contiguous United States. The company incorporated in 1946 as the Hilton Hotels Corporation, and subsequently began public trading of shares on the NYSE. 1947, the Roosevelt Hotel became the first hotel in the world to have televisions in its rooms.
Success ... seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.Conrad N. Hilton Hilton Hotels
Hilton International was founded in 1949, with the brand new hotel opening of the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico.
The Hotels Statler Company was acquired in 1954 for $111 million in what was then the world's most expensive real estate transaction.
One year later, Hilton created the world's first central reservations office, titled "HILCRON". The reservations team in 1955 consisted of eight members on staff booking reservations for any of Hilton's then 28 hotels. Reservations agents used the "availability board" to track records. The big chalk board allowed HILCRON to make over 6,000 reservations in 1955. Bookings could be made for any Hilton via telephone, telegram, or Teletype.