Gilley's Hotel & Bulls Gap Railroad Depot PDF Print E-mail

gillyshotelsepiaGilley's Hotel located in historic Bulls Gap, Tennessee was built circa 1920. It was known up and down the railroad as the place to stay. The hotel consists of 4 stories and has 70 + rooms.

It was a place that you could climb off a train and check in for one night or you could live there for an extended period of time. Many railroad employees stayed at the hotel on a regular basis. This hotel has had many faces over the years it housed a doctor's office, barber shop, movie theatre, and formal dining room that people all around town would come to eat their Sunday dinner.  Many of the railroad men that stayed at the hotel settled in Bulls Gap and their families are still here today.

hoteldepotIt was originally the Smith Hotel.  The original hotel was built in the mid- 1850's, when the railroad was being built into Bulls Gap.  The Smith hotel became well known for its food and accommodations all up and down the line until it was destroyed by fire in 1883.  The Smith family rebuilt the hotel, in the same location and by 1884, it was up and running again, bigger and better than ever.

In the very early 1900s, the Gilley name became forever linked to the hotel when a man named Rufus Henry Gilley acquired the property and continued to serve the growing rail industry in the bustling little town.


Meeting Info

The regular meeting of Bulls Gap's Board of Mayor and Aldermen is held the third Monday of every month at 5:00 pm at Bulls Gap Town Hall, 139 S. Main Street, Bulls Gap.  The public is invited to attend.

The regular meeting of the Bulls Gap Regional Planning Commission is held the second Thursday of every month at 3:00 pm at Bulls Gap Town Hall, 139 S. Main Street, Bulls Gap. The public is invited to attend.

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Bulls Gap Events

December 2nd – Christmas Parade
Archie Campbell Days – Every Labor Day Weekend - - The citizens of Bulls Gap celebrate their most famous son, the comedian from CBS's variety-comedy show Hee-Haw, with this street festival in downtown Olde Bulls Gap on Labor Day Weekend. Vendors, live music, and much more. Off of Highway 11E on South Main Street. All day, Saturday thru Monday, free event.

Bulls Gap Utilities

  • Holston Electric: (423) 272-8821
  • Hawkins Co. Gas Utility: (423) 272-8841
  • Water - Russellville/Whitesburg Utility District
  • 5935 East Andrew Johnson Highway
    Russellville, TN 37860 (423) 586-2232

Bulls Gap Restaurants

Yoder’s Country Market - This Amish store has breads, meats, jams, sandwichs, salads or try the “meat and three.
273 Highway 11E

Morelia Mexican Grill
401 Highway 11 E
(423) 235-6844

Dairy Dream
273 Highway 11 E

Sandy’s Diner
401 Highway 11 E

Bulls Gap Drug Grille
412 Highway 11 W

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