Thrifty Scot Motels

Thrifty Scot was a chain of motels across the Midwest. The first location opened on May 13, 1973 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The chain was started by real estate developers Cy and Dan Brutger and within a few years the chain of no-frills, budget motels thrived.

St. Cloud Times – May 16, 1973

I know that there were at least 28 and as many as 30 locations scattered across nine states. I have not found a directory for the Thrifty Scot. I pieced this directory together after going through dozens of newspapers, websites and books. I am fairly certain that the address I have are correct. The locations without an address, are the ones I found mentioned but never found any details.

The chain dissolved in 1986 when all locations became Days Inns.

St. Cloud Times – May 11, 1973

COLORADO

FORT COLLINS
3625 E. Mulberry

Thrifty Scot 1 person: $26.90 2 persons: $30.90 Fort Collins, CO 80524 2 psns. 2 beds: $33.90 303/221-5490 Cribs & Rollaways: $3.00 Distance from campus: 5 mi., Exit 269B West from 1-25, AC, TV, phone, complimentary cont. breakfast, some rooms equipped for wheelchairs, some nonsmoking rooms, restaurants in vicinity. Reservations must be made by 15 June 1984.

IOWA

MASON CITY
2301 Fourth St. SW

NEWTON
I-80 & Hwy. 14 Exit

MINNESOTA

BEMIDJI
Highway 23

BRAINERD
Hwys 371 & 210

DULUTH

GOLDEN VALLEY
6300 Wayzata Blvd.

HIBBING

INTERNATIONAL FALLS

MINNEAPOLIS – BROOKLYN CENTER
Shinglecreek Parkway and Interstate 694

OWATONNA
Hwy. 14 & I-35

ST. CLOUD
130 N.E. 14th Ave.

WAITE PARK
40 South 10th Avenue

WINONA
Highway 44

MONTANA

BILLINGS
1345 Mullowney Lane

BOZEMAN
Oak Street

GLENDIVE
1321 N. 7th Avenue

HELENA
2001 Prospect Ave.

KALISPELL
1830 Highway 93 South

The Daily Inter Lake – May 10, 1977

NEBRASKA

LINCOLN
I-80 @ Airport Exit

OMAHA
72nd & Grover

NORTH DAKOTA

BISMARCK
East Highway 83

FARGO

SOUTH DAKOTA

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PIERRE

SIOUX FALLS
31st Street, West of I-29 Interchange

SIOUX FALLS
491 Cliff Avenue

SPEARFISH

WASHINGTON

SPOKANE
1919 N. Hutchinson Rd.

WISCONSIN

FOND du LAC

MANITOWOC
4004 Calumet Avenue

WYOMING

CASPER

 

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