Akua Motor Hotel – Anaheim, California

1018 E. Orangethorpe Ave. Anaheim, Calif. 92801 Your home away from home, located in Orange Country near Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. One block north of Riverside Freeway, near Santa Ana and Garden Grove Freeways…Large Rooms, Queen size beds, Direct Dial Phones, heated pool, Morning coffee in your room. The Akua Motor Hotel opened inContinue reading “Akua Motor Hotel – Anaheim, California”

When Bottle of Scotch is Depleted

Mailed from Scranton, Pennsylvania to Mr. W. Simpson & Winifred of Hayward, California on June 18, 1962: 6-16-62 Hi, Flew in last Sunday, all packed & moved. Will arrive in Penna. when bottle of scotch is depleted. Will write soon. Love, V & G.

Holiday Inn – Anniston-Oxford, Alabama

 On Interstate 20 Where “U.S. 431 & Ala. 21 meet U.S. 78” Swimming Pool – Air-conditioned – Restaurant – Free TV – Free Holidex Reservations 1965 Holiday Inn Passport Description and map Notes: A fairly standard early 1960s Holiday Inn design. The postcard shows the Great Sign, the exterior layout, cars in the parking lot,  aContinue reading “Holiday Inn – Anniston-Oxford, Alabama”

Tall Corn Motel Motor Inn – Davenport, Iowa

Located at the junction of Highways 6 and 150, in Davenport, Iowa, the Tall Corn Motel opened for business in 1953. In November, 1954 the hotel was sold by Everett Herold to William Minnick of St. Joseph, Missouri who had previously run several motels in the West. Minnick would operate the motel for many years. EasyContinue reading “Tall Corn Motel Motor Inn – Davenport, Iowa”

Admiral Benbow Inns, 1977

The Admiral Benbow was never very big. I believe the franchise topped out at 18 locations. At the time of this publication in 1977, Admiral Benbow Inns were a part of the Morrison’s Cafeteria franchise group. The scan to the left is from the back of a directory for Morrison’s, which I will share andContinue reading “Admiral Benbow Inns, 1977”

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. I know that there were at least 28 andContinue reading “Thrifty Scot Motels”

1991 Shoney’s Inn Directory

Shoney’s Inns were a smallish franchise of motels started by the Shoney’s Restaurant group. The motel was started as a test run in 1974 and lasted through 1991. The majority of the locations were in the Southeast. The brochure would be the last one the group would ever produce, as the franchise would be sold inContinue reading “1991 Shoney’s Inn Directory”

Econo-Travel Motor Hotel Directory – Fall, Winter 1974/1975

SPEND A NIGHT, NOT A FORTUNE At the dawn of the 1970s, the motel industry was at a crossroads. Big motel chains had spent the 1960 building large, fancy motels with opulent cocktail lounges and restaurant attached. As the economy struggled, occupancy fell in those motels. To combat this problem the motels would charge moreContinue reading “Econo-Travel Motor Hotel Directory – Fall, Winter 1974/1975”

Diamonds Restaurant and Inn – Villa Ridge, Missouri

The Banana Stand opened in Villa Ridge, Missouri about 35 miles west of St. Louis in 1923. The small roadside stand owned and operated by Spencer and Ursula Groff was an big hit.  Every year the place expanded. In the 1930s the now restaurant was renamed The Diamonds. In 1947, The Diamonds were serve a recordContinue reading “Diamonds Restaurant and Inn – Villa Ridge, Missouri”

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