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Saturday, April 23, 2011


Did you know that the motel concept originated with the Motel Inn of San Luis Obispo, constructed in 1925 - the original buildings are still standing along side 101 on the outskirts of town.  As the United States highway system began to develop in the 1920's, road journeys became more common and the need for inexpensive, easily accessible overnight accommodations led to the growth of the motel concept.  The word itself is a combination of "motor" and "hotel".

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

Grand Canyon Motel in Fredonia, Arizona

The Quail Park Lodge in Kanab, Utah, has been lovingly restored and is a great place to stay!

 The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona is still a popular spot to stay.

Keep your eyes open for these disappearing icons of American travel.

1 comment:

fabricpixie said...

There is a Wigwam Hotel here in the Rialto/San Bernardino CA area too. Have never stayed there, doesn't look comfortable, LOL. But fun to see when driving by.

warm quilt hugs, sue in CA