CEDAR TOURIST COURT, Clay Center, Kansas.

Westward across the plains of Kansas, US 40 originally split at Manhattan with the south branch following the Victory Highway through Salina (current US 40), and the north branch following the Midland Trail through Clay Center.

By the time this postcard of the Cedar Tourist Court was published in the 1950s, the road through Clay Center had been resigned US 24. This gas, food and lodging one-stop was depicted with its owner’s headhouse, a couple of graphic stripes and a rustic log script; homey but Modern. The Cedar Tourist Court still stands on the east side of Clay Center with the coffee shop now occupied by El Puerto Mexican Restaurant.