Which hotel did F. Scott Fitzgerald to use as the location for Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s wedding?
If you guessed Seelbach Hilton (1905) in Louisville, Kentucky, you guessed correctly. One of the grandest, luxury hotels in Kentucky, The Seelbach Hilton Louisville is located in the heart of downtown Louisville’s business and entertainment district. During the Roaring Twenties, The Seelbach was considered the most glamorous spot for cards and leisure. Situated in the center of bourbon and whiskey country, the hotel attracted infamous underworld kingpins and gangsters during Prohibition. Notorious figures included Lucky Luciano, "Beer Baron of the Bronx" Dutch Schultz, and the most legendary gangster at the time, Al Capone. Cincinnati mobster and "King of the Bootleggers" George Remus also spent time at The Seelbach where he became friends writer F. Scott Fitzgerald who often visited the hotel while Army training at nearby Camp Taylor. In 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald immortalized Remus and the hotel in his novel, The Great Gatsby. Remus was the inspiration for the novel's title character Jay Gatsby, and Fitzgerald referred to The Seelbach and its Grand Ballroom when his characters, Tom Buchanan and Daisy, were married in Louisville.
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