Dr. Patrick’s Postcard Roadside

Surf Ballroom

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Surf Ballroom

On the Day the Music Died, February 3, 1959, the plane that lifted Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson into a fateful snowstorm departed from Clear Lake, Iowa, bound for the next venue on their Winter Dance Party tour in Moorhead, Minnesota.
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DR. PATRICK'S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Dalles

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Dalles

This 1950s view of The Dalles, Oregon, preserves the "Gas Station Cluster at the Edge of Town" that once book-ended America's small town Main streets.
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DR. PATRICK'S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Lazy L Motel

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Lazy L Motel

Back in the 1950s the Lazy L Motel served those lonely motorists traveling through Osborne, Kansas on US 281.
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DR. PATRICK'S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Dutch Village Motor Court

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Dutch Village Motor Court

Northern Delaware’s Mid-Megalopolitan location between Philadelphia and Baltimore helped make its section of US 40 a motel strip, especially after the opening of the Delaware Memorial Bridge to New Jersey in 1951.
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