While these small "mom and pop" businesses are being gradually replaced by the larger chains such as Motel 6, Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, Quality Inn, etc., you can still find these small motels in smaller towns throughout the country. Particularly intriquing to me are the colorful, descriptive signs that are found in front of the establishments.
Some are delapidated and closed, others open but in sad disrepair, and a few have been lovingly restored.
Golden Hills Motel in Mt. Carmel Junction, Utah