Big Dipper Motel – Roanoke, Virginia

Cardboard America, Cardboard Motels

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.
AAA Approved.

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.

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