Thursday, April 25, 2013

Holiday Inn - Joplin, Missouri

Operated by Mickey Mantle
Mickey is pictured in the Dugout Lounge at the Inn.

Americana Motel - Gary, Indiana

When you want to sleep in style, stop at...
6200 East Melton Road
U.S. Routes 12 and 20
Gary, Indiana Located in the world-famous Indiana Sand Dunes, the Americana features a spectacular Riviera swimming pool, and beautifully appointed air-conditioned rooms. Telephones. Television, and radio in each room. Free parking.
AAA Approved. Member of the Best Western Motels.

STATUS: Gone. The building was still there as of the 2013 Google Street View

Monday, April 22, 2013

Blue Haven Motel - Seattle, Washington

Blue Haven Motel - Seattle, Washington

Located one-half mile south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, on Highway 99. Eighteen modern units, Singles, Doubles, Twins, and three room apartments. Kitchens, TV, and Radio. Airport Courtesy Car service.
18852 Pacific Highway South
Seattle 88, Washington
Phone: CHerry 2-6121

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Empress Motel - Allendale, South Carolina

U.S, Highway 301...1 Mile South of Allendale, South Carolina
50-100% Central Air-Conditioned and Heated Units. TV in Lobby and Rooms...Swimming and Wading Pools...Spacious Playground...Restaurant Adjoining. Mr. & Mrs. W.J. Mays, Mgrs.

Mailed from Allendale, South Carolina to Miss Bonnie Boyes of Interlocken, New York on February 18, 1965:

Hi Every One -
Here at 6 PM five miles from Georgia. Rained all day from N.C. all through S.C. Dad standing up very good. About 400 mi. from Laurel. Feel all the rest.
Granny, Deek & Poppie

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cactus Pete's Casino & Desert Lodge - Jackpot, Nevada

Cactus Pete's - Jackpot, Nevada

Bar - Casino - Motel - Coffee Shop - Dining Room
On U.S. Highway 93, Jackpot, Nevada Half-way Between Twin Falls, Idaho and Wells, Nev.

Mailed from Sacramento, California to Mrs. Fred Milar of Wendell, Idaho on October 20, 1967:

Dear Friends: We had a very good trip, stayed in Reno Tue. night. Gertrude was surprised to see us so soon, got here at 10 AM Wed. We had a big turkey dinner, sure a lot to eat. The weather is just beautiful. Lover from S. Grunning.

Cactus Pete's - Jackpot, Nevada

Bar - Casino - Motel - Coffee Shop - Dining Room
On U.S. Highway 93, Jackpot, Nevada
Half-Way Between Twin Falls, Idaho and Wells, Nev.

Standard Printing Co.

Cactus Pete's - Jackpot, Nevada

Bar - Casino - Motel - Coffee Shop - Dining Room
On U.S. Highway 93, Jackpot, Nevada
Half-Way Between Twin Falls, Idaho and Wells, Nev.

Standard Printing Co.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Holiday Inn - Dearborn, Michigan

22900 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Phone: 278-4800 - AC: 313
Situated on the bank of the Rouge River in close proximity to Ford Motor Compant, Greenfield Village and Museum. Facilities consist of 383 rooms, indoor and outside swimming pools, children's playground, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, grille room, dining room, cocktail lounge and meeting rooms for 400 persons.

Mailed from Michigan to Mrs. E. Maybo of Irvington, New Hersey on September 10, 1973:

Hi Eunice,
Staying here tonight. It's really huge.

Monterey Motel & Restaurant - Mexico, Missouri

Dine with atmosphere. Mexico's finest eating establishment. Motel and restaurant. Located on U.S. Highway 54. 2 miles south of Mexico, Missouri.

Nationwide Inn - Columbus, Ohio

An Albert Pick Motel
4101 West Broad Street (U.S. 40) at Georgesville Road
Phone: BRoadway 6-5111 TWX: 614-759-0261
275 Air-Conditioned rooms, all with TV, 24-hour telephone service. Heated swimming pool. Restaurant, cocktail lounge. Ideal meeting facilities, including 500-seat convention hall. Free parking for 500 cars. Children free under 12. AAA Approved.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Admiral Benbow Inn - Pine Bluff, Arkansas

P.O. Box 5009
Pine Bluff, Ark. 71601
U.S. Hwy. 65 South
106 deluxe rooms
Individual thermostat controlled cooling and heating - swimming pool - color TV - background music - direct dialing telephones - dining room - coffee shop - tap room - meeting rooms.

STATUS: The building is standing but appears to be abandoned

Stage Coach Inn - West Yellowstone, Montana

Coffe(sic) Shop-Bar-Lounge-Sport Shop
A Summer and Winter Resort Hotel. Big Game Hunting, Skiing and Winter Sports. "The Trout Fisherman's Paradise"

The card was mailed from West Yellowstone, Montana to Gooding, Idaho on April 24, 1952:

Dear Bessie,
Here we stay for night - lovely place - Pauline surely thrilled at beautiful scenery. Roads clear but plenty of snow. Weather prefect all the way. Thank you and your daughter for wonderful hospitality. Lots of love to you all from Pauline and Clancey.

Courtel Coos Bay - Coos Bay, Oregon

Courtel Coos Bay - Coos Bay, Oregon

A unique motor hotel and restaurant located on the bayshore in Coos Bay, the world's largest lumber shipping port. The Courtel, a Best Western member, offers you the finest in accommodations and a heated swimming pool. The Voyager Dining Room, Sundial Coffee Shop, and Navigator Lounge offer pleasing atmosphere and excellent food and beverage. The Compass Room and the Oregon Dunes Rooms accommodate banquets, conventions and meetings.

Mailed from Ukiah, California to Becky Keith of Plainville, Indiana on October 14, 1963:

10/13/63 Sunday Evening
We are at Ukiah, California tonight. That's just 115 miles from San Francisco. This was a beautiful drive today on the famous Redwood Highway. Becky, we had a lovely dinner and celebrated "CC's" Birthday at Courtel Coos Bay, Oregon last night. It was the most fantastic dinning room I was ever in. We are enjoying every minute of this trip.
Love Ruth & CC

Hotel Californian - Fresno, California

Complete resort atmosphere downtown. Home of the Pavilion Dining Room overlooking the pool and patio. Free parking. TV in all rooms. Family plan - another friendly Handlery Hotel.

The Kahler Hotel - Rochester, Minnesota

650 of America's finest hotel rooms Over 350 rooms air-conditioned The Coffee House, Hemisphere Cocktail Lounge, Arcade Shops and roof-top dining in the Pinnacle, make this one of the country's most enjoyable places to stay. Subways to Mayo Clinic and downtown hospitals. Free parking in connecting ramp.

In the Medical Center
Rochester, Minnesota
650 of America's finest hotel rooms. Across the street from Mayo Clinic and Methodist Hospital, and connected to them by pedestrian subway, Two famous restaurants, two cocktail lounges, coffee house and Arcade shops. Convalescent nursing services. Free parking. AAA Approved.

Let 'Er Buck Motel - Pendleton, Oregon

"Rest on the Best Out West". Let 'er Buck Motel. Thirty-seven modern units equipped with beautyrest by Simmons, Carrier Refrigerated Air Conditioning and Iron Fireman Steam Heat, individual room controlled. Pendleton's only city center Motel, located two blocks from city center on Highway 30.

"Rest in the Best Out West"
City Center Two Blocks East of Main St.
at 205 SE Dorian Ave.
Pendleton, Oregon

Boll-e-ana Village - Aurora, Colorado

Boll-e-ana Village - Aurora, Colorado

12016 East Colfax Ave.
Aurora, Colorado
Phone Aurora 918.
Located on Highways 40-287-36, at Southwest Corner of Fitzsimons General Hospital. One of Denver's finest Motels, equipped with one and two bedroom apartments - New Panel-Ray heating - Western furniture and strictly modern in every respect. Drug store and fountain in the main building and only one block from Denver's finest restaurant.

Gamecock Motel and Dining Room - Santee, South Carolina

On U.S. 15A and U.S. 301, 11 miles south Summerton at Santee, S.C. An outstanding quality court and gourmet dining room. 100% Air-Conditioned - TV. All Rooms. Our Gourmet Dining Room offers the ultimate in fine foods and good service. Tel. Elloree 8213. Katherine Speisman, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Metzendorf, Owners-Mgrs. AAA Approved. A Quality Court.

Mailed from Santee, South Carolina to Mr. & Mrs. M.P. Mahan of St. Petersburg, Florida on March 28, 1960:

Dear Friends,
Lou died this afternoon right after we got here.

On U.S. 301 & 15 - 11 miles South of Summerton. An outstanding superior motel with an excellent restaurant on the premises. Swimming Pool, Playground, TV, Room Phones, Air Conditioned, Steam Heat, Carpet. Family Units at Reasonable Rates. Our menu offers a wide selection of popular items at moderate prices.

On U.S. 301 & 15 - 11 miles South of Summerton. An outstanding superior motel with an excellent restaurant on the premises. Swimming Pool, Playground, TV, Room Phones, Air Conditioned, Steam Heat, Carpet. Family Units at Reasonable Rates. Our menu offers a wide selection of popular items at moderate prices. Serving from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. American Express, Diners Club, Mobil & Arco Credit Cards Honored. AAA Approved. A Superior Motel. Featuring Col. Sanders' Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Northern Hotel - Billings, Montana

The Golden Tassle
Unique Coffee Bar in the Golden Belle Restaurant and Saloon.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Holiday Inn and Restaurant - Danville, Virginia

Intersection U.S. 29 By-Pass and U.S. 58
Danville, Va.
Tel. SWift 3-2731

Harris House Motels - Hollywood, Florida

Luxuriously appointed Hotel Rooms and Studio Apartments - Patio Lounge - 2 Large Fresh Water Pools - Air-Conditioned - Heated - All Channel TV - Close to Florida's Finest Ocean Beach - Horse and Dog Tracks - Golf Courses and Municipal Recreational Center - shuffleboard Courts. Open year round. Day Week - Month - Season Rentals. 5 Downtown Locations - 100 Units.
Main Office 325 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood, Florida.
(1 block North of The Circle)
Phone WA 2-4412 Owner Operated - The "Grant Family" Your Hosts.

John's Resort Motel and Restaurant - Winter Haven, Florida

U.S. 27 and Hiway 544
6 miles north of Winter Haven, Fla.
Less than 20 miles to Disney World, Cypress Gardens, Sea World, Circus World. 120 units, heated pool, color TV, entertainment

Holiday Inn Downtown - Syracuse, New York

701 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, New York
Swimming Pool - Air-Conditioned - Restaurant - Free Color TV - Roof Top Cocktail Lounge - 288 Rooms

Pittsburgh Hilton - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This twenty-two story entirely air-conditioned hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Pittsburgh's famed Gateway Center, overlooking historic Point State Park and the junction of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, where the Ohio is formed. Included among the largest hotel ballrooms in the world.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, California

Sumptuous, new hotel, synonymous with the luxurious setting of Beverly Hills. 450 air-conditioned rooms, private balconies, swimming pool, cabanas, glass-enclosed roof. Parking for 1000 cars. Telephone CRestview 4-7777. Teletype: Bev. H 7777

The most sumptuous hotel in the world. Features 450 air-conditioned rooms, sunken swimming pool, cabanas, smart shops, four distinctive restaurants, five superb cocktail lounges and parking for 1,000 cars.

Cowhouse Motel - Killeen, Texas

In the Center of Killeen, Texas
Completely Air-conditioned
80 beautifully Decorated Guest Rooms
Swimming Pool - Restaurant - Banquet Facilities.

Natchez Trace Inn - Tupelo, Mississippi

Overlooking the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, "Where History Begins," next door to Municipal Airport, Jct. West Main St. 70 Best Western units complete, restaurant, banquet rooms, pool. "For the most, let us be your host."
Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Hancock, Jr

Capri Motel - Monticello, Florida

Capri Motel - Monticello, Florida

Highway U.S. 19 North - P.O. 472
Monticello, Florida
Phone: WY 7-1712
Swimming Pool - Air Conditioned - Free Ice - Excellent Restaurant - Dog racing 1/4 Mile. AAA Approved.
Mary Blow, Owner-Manager

Mailed from Albany, Georgia to Mr. and Mrs. John Wikstrom of Clearwater, Florida on May 11, 1965:

Hi! Checked in around 7. Didn't leave St. Pete ill 3. But everything is OK at last. Thank heavens just had fried chicken dinner but it wasn't as good as yours last nite. Ran into quite a bit of rain on the way up. Be good.
Saltie and Ray

Capri Motel and Restaurant - Monticello, Florida

First AAA Motel in Florida
on U.S. Hwy. 19 - Monticello, Florida
Telephone Wyman 7-1712
New and nicely furnished air conditioned rooms, all with tile baths and TV. Our Swimming Pool is always the center of our outdoor activity and fun.

Color Card by Ward Beckett

Berkshire Hills Motel - Westfield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Hills Motel - Westfield, Massachusetts

West on U.S. Route 20
Westfield, Massachusetts
3 1/2 miles from Exit 3 Mass. Turnpike
TV in every room, attractive dining room, gift shop, golf course adjacent, Central heat, air-conditioned. Swimming pool. AAA Approved.
Mildred G. Klein
Phone LOgan 8-8157
Pioneer Valley Association

Villa Rosa Court - Winter Haven, Florida

1481 Sixth Street N. W. U. S. Highway 17
Air foam mattresses. Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning. Wall to wall carpets, recreation room, coffee bar. On the shores of beautiful Spring Lake. Swimming, boating, fishing. Situated on Chain-of-Lakes. Home of Florida's main attractions. 4 miles to Cypress Gardens, 14 miles to Bok Tower and Passion Play Amphitheater, 18 miles to Great Masterpiece.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Allen, Owner-Managers

Willow Beach Motel - Plattsburgh, New York

"The Motel on the Peninsula"
Plattsburgh's Luxury Motel on Route 9
City Limits - Corner of Margaret St. & Scomotion Ave. Private Sand Beach on Lake Champlain surrounded by beautiful Willow trees. Fishing and Boating. Also operates cottages and motel units with kitchenettes. Free TV. Open all year around.
Tel. JO 1-3360 - Plattsburgh, N.Y,

301 Motor Court - Glennville, Georgia

On U.S. Highway 301 & 25, North side of Glennville, Georgia. For Reservations Phone OLiver 4-2110. Tile Baths, Tubs and Showers. Hot Water Heat - Air-conditioned. Firm Beauty-Rest Mattresses - Car Ports. AAA Approved. Approved Member of American Motel Association.
Mr. & Mrs. Fred M. Baker, Owners-Managers

STATUS: Gone. The Mi-Plaza Mexican Restaurant and NAPA Auto Parts reside where the 301 once stood.

Southland Courts - Glennville, Georgia

Enjoy Southern Hospitality At Southland Courts
On U.S. 301-25, South City Limits
Glennville, Georgia
Be happier by stopping at this modern court with its beautiful grounds and shady pecan trees. Its comfortable accommodations are attractively furnished and appointed, with carpeted floors, private tile baths, steam heat, and optional air-conditioning. Ownership management. PHONE 124 FOR RESERVATIONS. Dine at Glass House Restaurant Opposite Court. Serving Fine Food Daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. AAA Approved.

Tree Mont Motel - Glennville, Georgia

On U.S. 301 and 25 Highways
South in City Limits
11 Modern Units - Air Conditioned, Electric Heat.
Phone 500
Owned and Operated - L.C. McGinnis

St. Francis Hotel - San Francisco, California

At the foot of the luxurious St. Francis Hotel is this beautiful green park. Below the surface of the park is the world's largest underground parking lot. It can accommodate 1700 cars and occupies four levels.

The Shoreham Hotel - Washington, D.C.

Resort Hotel in the Nation's Capital
Connecticut Ave. at Calvert St.
Washington's newest hotel situated at the Connecticut Ave. entrance of Rock Creek and Potomac Parks, within ten minutes of the center of the city.

Mailed from Washington, D.C. to Mr. Sylvio Verna of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 18, 1940:

Hello Sylvio!
We are back at the Shoreham for the third time in four months. How's things with you? Are you still at Henry's? Dolores joins me in wishing you the best always.

Biltmore Hotel - Los Angeles, California

Biltmore Hotel - Los Angeles, California

Mailed from Los Angeles, California to Miss Louis Kocher of Dayton, Ohio on July 25, 1938:

Dear Miss Kocher,
They have guidance out here after your own heart. But they sure do believe in grouping by tests. We are having a lovely time. Weather is perfect and friends are grand - only I'm too fat.
Margaret Hemovar

Biltmore Hotel - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

Largest hotel in western America. 1500 rooms, six restaurants, including the Biltmore Bowl famous supper club. Situated between two tropical garden parks. It is the social and business center of the southland.

Mailed from Los Angeles 14, California to The Beylers of South Bend 16, Indiana on May 16, 1946:

The 8 1/2 hr flight from Chgo to L.A. is the way to travel. Very cold here today. Fur coat a necessity. Regards, "Little Lulu"

Biltmore Hotel - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles 13, California
The largest hotel in western America. 1500 Rooms. Situated between two tropical parks in heart of business district. Home of the Biltmore Bowl, world-famous Supper Club.
Underneath the lawn is foreground is Pershing square garage with capacity for 2000 cars.

Mailed from Los Angeles 20, California to Miss Rose Weinmann of National Standard Co. of Niles, Michigan on April 3, 1957:

Wed. A.M.
Dear Rosie,
All calls finished except Larry Cornelius this noon. This a big city - seems like every call I made required 10-20 miles of driving - Never know where I am. Take sleeper to Phoenix to-night. Best Wishes, Alfred

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Covered Wagon Motel - Cody, Wyoming

Covered Wagon Motel - Cody, Wyoming

On Hiways 14 and 20 to Yellowstone Park, 16 all-modern units. American Travel Association. 5 star rating. Reasonable rate.
Martha Fehlman, Owner

Friday, April 5, 2013

Bay-View Motel - Astoria, Oregon

Bay-View Motel - Astoria, Oregon

783 West Marine Drive
Astoria, Oregon
Phone FAirfax 5-9841
On coast Hi-way 101 and U.S. 26, west of city center, 100 ft. from the bay. 4 blocks from municipal swimming pool, city transportation at the door. Beautyrest beds. TV in rooms, guest controlled electric heat.
AAA Approved. Recommended by Duncan Hines
Accommodate one guest or a part of six.

Kingsville Motel - Kingsville, Ohio

Interstate 90 at Kingsville, O., Exit (Route 170)
Modern - Quiet - Free TV - Hot Water Heat - Air-Conditioned - Quality Built
Truckers Welcome

Writing on the back:
Stayed here
July 19 - Monday 1971
Evelyn June Ann & me.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Doby's Hotel Court - Montgomery, Alabama

Doby's Hotel Court - Montgomery, Alabama

Highways 31 and 80
42 Beautifully Furnished Units, all with tile baths, tub or shower. Carpeted floors, Airfoam and Beautyrest mattresses, Air Conditioned, Room telephones. As modern as tomorrow. Telephone 42251.

Doby's Hotel Court - Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama. 3453 Mobile Rd. 68 beautifully furnished units, all with tile baths, tub or shower. Carpeted floors, Airfoam and Beautyrest mattresses, air conditioned, thermostatically controlled steam heat, swimming pool, free TV in all units, room telephones. AMherst 4-2251
AAA Approved. Philco TVs.