New – Modern – Split Level /Route 220 – 3 Miles South of Roanoke, Virginia
1000 Feet From Entrance New Section /Blue Ridge Parkway
18 Rooms – Central Heat – Air Conditioned – Free TV – Room Telephones – Playground
Restaurant Across Highway – Operated by Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Brooks, Jr.
The Big Dipper Motel was built around 1960 or 1961 on Route 220, approximately three miles south of Roanoke. The motel featured a big neon sign that resembled, well, the Big Dipper.
I haven’t found much information on the place. I did find a fin a video featuring the Pennsylvania Jaycees making a stop at the Big Dipper on June 17, 1961.
The best I can tell, the motel is gone.