Archive for the ‘Motels’ category

The Spot to stop

October 27, 2007

The heart of Victorville, Calif. included one of the finest tourist accomodations along Route 66. The Green Spot Motel and Cafe was operated by Mr. H.E. Roy. Here are a couple artifacts from the place – a business card and postcard – both from the 1940s.



Reno’s finest

August 18, 2007

Check out this awesome brochure for Harold’s Pony Express Motel. Located on U.S. 40, this lodge was only a few blocks from Reno, Nev. colorful casino center. The cover of the guide shows a motel built in Ranch-style architecture.


The guide shows off a crisp room filled with mid-century blonde furniture sitting on a cool-looking western carpet. No wonder the couple looks so pleased.


A birds-eye view of the motel could not be better. A pristine roadside scene filled with amazing cars, people and a well-groomed landscape.


A new dawn for the Sky-Vu Motel

June 30, 2007

The Sky-Vu Motel is still in business along the edge of U.S 40 in eastern Kansas City, Mo. This ranch-style motel was built in the late 1940s and was crowned by a gorgeous sign made of porcelain, neon and chasing light bulbs. Metal awnings and classic seashell metal chairs decorated this 24-room lodge. Sadly, the sign was removed a few years ago and replaced by a generic plastic one. Luckily, the freshly-removed old sign was spotted by Jim Seelen, a Kansas City-area photographer and vintage motel sign admirer. He snagged the sign, protected it and today it is part of the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shown below is an original postcard from the motel. It was sent to California in July of 1951. The larger photo is by Jim Seelen and was taken in the late 1990s. Thanks for saving the sign, Jim.


A refreshing rest

May 11, 2007

Stop in at the Round-Up Motel in Tucson, Ariz. Located on U.S. Highway 80, this ranch-style motel lured in travelers from the hot Arizona sun by offering air-conditioning. This postcard example and business card are from the early 1950s. Lucky for you, the motel is still in operation today.


Feeding the youngsters

April 28, 2007

Holiday Inn offered travelers a familiar and friendly experience. Along with a room and a swimming pool, the chain also offered dining options for hungry visitors. On-site restaurants that welcomed kids were popular. This early menu, from the mid-1960s, showcase the types of food available. Kids could choose from a shrimp platter, hamburger and potato chips, fish, even a vegetable plate (how popular was that?). Each meal was followed by a complimentary lollipop at the cashier counter.


Howard Johnson’s ruled the roads also. The orange-capped restaurants were peppered along the nation’s highways, especially in the eastern U.S. This children’s menu, from 1976, is filled with great historical moments from Indian tribes around the country. Nothing like a little lesson while Junior munches on a clam dinner.