Newport Resort Motel – Miami Beach, Florida

The Newport Resort Motel in the Sunny Isles area of Miami Beach opened in 1967. From the beginning, the Newport was designed with the hip, young crowd in mind. The verso on their first postcard says: A swingin’ new way of life! C’mon down to the “in” place…it’s the lively one. 21″ Color TV &Continue reading “Newport Resort Motel – Miami Beach, Florida”

Cactus Pete’s and the Creation of a New Town

Peter “Cactus Pete” Piersanti was born in 1917 in Superior, Wyoming. The youngest of six kids to Italian parents. The family moved to Ogden, Utah. Growing up poor during the depression, Peter had always dreamed of being rich. In 1941, Peter purchased a local bar and grill with a card room in the back. ShortlyContinue reading “Cactus Pete’s and the Creation of a New Town”

Pantley’s Pagan Hut – Depoe Bay, Oregon

From the verso: Luxuriously furnished apartments offer fireplaces and kitchens where a touch of the bell brings service from the cocktail bar or dining room. From large windows you will view the magnificence and splendor of the Pacific and its rugged Oregon coastline. Beautiful PAGAN HUT open daily year around. Heated, glass-enclosed swimming pool. Pantley’sContinue reading “Pantley’s Pagan Hut – Depoe Bay, Oregon”

Big Dipper Motel – Roanoke, Virginia

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 BigContinue reading “Big Dipper Motel – Roanoke, Virginia”

Francisco Grande Inn – Casa Grande, Arizona

The genesis of the Francisco Grande Inn dates back to before 1957 when the New York Giants owner Horace Stoneham fell in love with Arizona. The Giants spent many years of Spring Training in Arizona and Stoneham, who had inherited the Giants from his father in 1936, would make the trips with the team andContinue reading “Francisco Grande Inn – Casa Grande, Arizona”

Paradise Motor Inn – Bennington, Vermont

141 West Main St. (Rte. 9) Bennington, Vermont 47 soundproof guest rooms and suites, each with individually controlled heat and air conditioning, wall to wall carpeting, custom styled decor, telephone, wide screen television; private room terraces command a panoramic view of the Green Mountains; rooms with sauna available; heated pool; complimentary Continental breakfast served inContinue reading “Paradise Motor Inn – Bennington, Vermont”

Ohio Stater Inn – Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio Stater Inn in Columbus, Ohio opened with a ton of fanfare on Friday, May 26, 1961. The 130 room motel was constructed of non-combustible brick, steel, stone, granite, concrete gypsum walls and steel roof deck. Located close to Ohio State University at 2060 North High Street at Woodruff, the Inn was the only motel built withinContinue reading “Ohio Stater Inn – Columbus, Ohio”

El Rancho Motel – Harvard, Illinois

Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Ross opened the El Rancho Motel at 5508 Rt. 14 in Harvard, Illinois on January 9, 1954. The motel, built in a U-shape, contained a large lobby with a stone fireplace containing rocks from every state in the union. The Ross’ provided a good place to stay for years. TheContinue reading “El Rancho Motel – Harvard, Illinois”

Po’Keepsie Motor Hotel – Poughkeepsie, New York

The Po’Keepsie Motor was located at 481 South Road – Route 9 in Poughkeepsie, New York. As you can tell from the postcard above, the motel was located right next to a Howard Johnson’s restaurant. The official grand opening for the motel was October 21, 1956. With 53 units and a swimming pool, the Po’Keepsie offered “allContinue reading “Po’Keepsie Motor Hotel – Poughkeepsie, New York”

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