The free motel postcard was once a vacation standard. Proprietors expected guests would send a pile of postcards to their friends and family telling them what a wonderful vacation they were having and the motel would reap the free advertising.
In the roadside world of Big Food, California has giant citrus lying around all over the place including Lemon Grove’s Giant Lemon.
World’s Fair Refugee: Vulcan in Birmingham, Alabama.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where a sign perched at a precarious curve on U.S. 40 seems to challenge motorists to take their cars for a swim.
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.
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.
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.
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.