The Gray Hotel is located on Morgan Street in Boonville, Missouri. The east portion was built around 1835 and the west portion was built in 1845. Acording to Miss Lottie Crews of Boonville, her great-aunt Mrs. James Dow, widow of a pioneer Boonville dentist, built the house just prior to the Civil War. From the design of the woodwork in the west portion of the house, it would semm possible that Mrs. Dow could have built it during hte late 1850s, but the east portion is an earlier design.
The log cabin behind the Gray Hotel is said to be one of the oldest surviving houses in Boonville. It is behind a brick building dating from 1832 and may have been built by an early owner of the lot. It is more likely that it was a slave cabin. The photograph made in 1934 and since that time the log has fallen into a semi=ruined condition. This photograph shows the detail of joining of the two sections of the building.
(Source: Library of Congress the Historic American Buildings Survey)