Saturday, November 21, 2009

Motel USA

Lee's Motor Court - 1 Mile from the Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson - 14 Modern Stone Cottages, each with Private Bath, Tub or Shower, Innerspring Matress, Radio, Fan, Heat - Restaurant, Sandwiches, Steak, Chicken and Country Ham - Service Station on Premises.

Ranch House Motel - On U.S. 10 - 1201 East Main Street, Bozeman, Montana - 11 Delux units, individual thermostatically controlled heat, tubs and showers. Free radios, Air Conditioned. Surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.

Minnehaha Motor Lodge - 1905 East Lincolnway, Cheyenne, Wyoming - Cheyenne's Finest Famous for Hospitality - Simmons Beautyrest and Englander Airfoam beds - Air cooled, Childrens playground - Just a half mile from Heart of Town in a quiet section. This establishment is recommended by Duncan Hines (1948).

El Rancho Motor Hotel - 2201 4th Avenue - U.S. Highway 80 - Yuma, Arizona - The Motel That Pleases - Continental Breakfast, Heated Pool, Free T.V., 34 Units, Room Telephones, Refrigeration, Suites - Diner's Club, American Express, Carte Blanche.

GREEN TREE - VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA - The Green Tree Inn and Country Club is one of the most popular in the Victorville area. Here where settlers pushed west a hundred years ago, a land where inland Indians walked to trade with the coast Indians on the Santa Ana River near the present town of Colton, a land where the Mormon Battalion, under Capt. Hunt in 1851 settled in the San Bernardino Valley, golfers play golf or relax alongside the pool. The area was once known as Morman Crossing around the 1880's later to be called Victor only to change to Victorville. From 1914 to 1937 over 200 western pictures were filmed here.

Editors Note: The photograph for the Green Tree postcard was taken by Merle Porter. He also wrote all the text for his postcards. He was a one man postcard production company producing and distributing millions of cards over a 50 year career.

Known as "The Postcard King of the West," Porter was on the road at least 9 months a year, distributing cards to remote motels, gas stations and souvenir shops, while constantly shooting images for new cards with his 4x5 Speed Graphic camera.


Debbie V. said...

Just letting you know how much I am enjoying these postcard posts - and motel posts in general.
Every summer my dad, mom and I would go on a vacation either in California where we lived or across country to Illinois) and one of the highlights was staying in motels like these. I do have some postcards of my own and still enjoy reminiscing about those days.

Major Pepperidge said...

These vintage motel postcards evoke a time when the family would pile into the wood-paneled station wagon and head across country to see the wonders of the USA!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Hi Debbie, I am glad you are enjoying these posts. Yes, those really were the good old days with great memories. Happy Holidays!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

They definitely were simpler and I believe happier times Major.

Anonymous said...

And I notice how the swimming pools didn't have to be all fenced in back then (it definitely was a safety issue, especially for little children) but it has been so long since I've seen a pool just out in the open like that.

Keith said...

Hey there. These are all great. I really like them a lot. I hope you've been having a fantastic weekend. Take care. Have a great week ahead. Cheers!

Debbie V. said...

On our family vacations back to Illinois, most of the times my dad chose motels with pools. He would drive all day and then as soon as we got our luggage out of the car and into the motel room, he would lay down on the bed while I was ......changing into my bathing suit! There I'd be saying "Are we going swimming?" He would groan and then put on his trunks and then we would go in. I remember one hot night in Tulsa, the pool had some kind of June bug looking things floating on the water here and there. Did that stop me? Nooo.
Even my dad had to laugh at me still to this day. Luckily he was a country farm boy and bugs didn't phase him either.

Dad.. said...

So Awesome! I can see myself kickin' it at El Rancho!!

Luray va accommodations said...

We stayed at the "Ranch House Motel" last year. It's on US 1 and 72nd st in Marathon. It is very Nice, small, clean, and cheapest and management are also very nice. I really enjoyed during stay here. Thanks