DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Colonial Modern Cabins

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Colonial Modern Cabins

COLONIAL MODERN CABINS, RICHMOND, INDIANA.

Cabins clustered around the home headhouse along the main road at the edge of town had become standardized by the time this 1940s postcard was produced to advertise Colonial “MODERN” Cabins just west of Richmond, Indiana.

George Stewart would soon use US 40 as his “Cross Section of the United States of America,” the road he felt most represented transcontinental travel in the mid-20th century. At the same time, the National Road was America’s pioneer path into the Midwest. This cabin court attempted to straddle both worlds with with its reference to a more traditional colonial past with all the modern conveniences, like private showers.