Dr. Patrick’s Postcard Roadside

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Plank Road

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Plank Road

The Plank Road constructed across the Imperial Sand Dunes in 1915 was rebuilt by the California Highway Department a year later.
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The Molly Pitcher Hotel

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Molly Pitcher Hotel

The Molly Pitcher Hotel opened on South Hanover Street in downtown Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1919. It was built tight against the sidewalk and up against the adjacent buildings in the traditional way of the Pennsylvania Dutch towns.
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The Westporter

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Westporter

The Westporter was a sprawling, U-shaped motel complex built in the 1950s on the burgeoning Boston Post Road commercial strip between Norwalk and Westport, Connecticut.
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Smith's Tourist Court

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Mayme Smith’s Motel and Service Station

Route 36 was the not-40 way across the Midwest in the pre-Interstate past, a less-traveled shortcut that went for miles and miles with nary a curve through not-much.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Golden Star Diner

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Golden Star Diner

The mobile, prefabricated restaurant known as the diner originating in the mill towns of New England in the 1870s, but shifted to New Jersey in the early 20th century where manufacturers like O’Mahony, Fodero, Kullman, Paramount, Paterson Vehicle, Mountain View, and Swingle scattered diners to the roadside.
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Club Flamingo

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Club Flamingo

The dinner-dance club was a staple in every urban entertainment district in the country from the 1930s into the 1960s.
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Crazy Water

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Crazy Water

The gateway arch sign to Mineral Wells, Texas, advertises the home-ground CRAZY Water, the mineral-laden water that caused this small spot on the prairie west of Fort Worth to be the mineral springs spa of central Texas from the 1880s to the 1940s.
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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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