SCA WEEKLY NEWS REVIEW: October 3, 2021

Hi-Tops-Restaurant-neon-sign

SCA WEEKLY NEWS REVIEW: October 3, 2021

Own a piece of Americana on Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway. It will cost you just under $225,000

Lincoln Motor Court

The Lincoln Motor Court, in Bedford County, Pa., was built in 1940 and has been called “one of the most iconic remaining resources along the Lincoln Highway.”

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:  In the age of burnout, when people are looking for the nearest exit from the daily grind, perhaps it’s time to buy a vintage motel.

The Lincoln Motor Court, a U-shaped motel consisting of 12 small cabins and an owner’s cabin in Manns Choice, Bedford County, was once among dozens on Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway, which runs east to west across the state, then onward across the country. The highway, which spans 3,000 miles, was dedicated in 1913 and the Lincoln Motor Court opened in 1940, just in time for a post-WWII automobile and travel boom.

Today, it’s said to be the last “motor court” left on the entire highway, which ends in California.

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Minneapolis neighborhood rallies to reopen Band Box Diner, first opened in 1939

Band Box Go Fund Me Page

Band Box Go Fund Me page

From FOX 9: MINNEAPOLIS – The Band Box Diner in the Elliot Park neighborhood of Minneapolis closed its doors in March of 2020 like every other business but the more than 80-year-old restaurant has struggled to reopen.

The Band Box, on the corner of 10th Street and 14th Avenue, is deemed a Minnesota historical landmark.

“We got in on the cultural significance with the fact that the original owners were Jewish folks at a time in Minneapolis where it was kind of rough for Jewish folks,” owner Brad Ptacek said.

At one time, there were more than a dozen Band Box locations across Minneapolis. Since then, all but one have closed.

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Route 9 Signs makes a detailed miniature of Skyliner Motel sign in Stroud

Skyliner Motel sign model by Chris R-Small

Skyliner Motel, Stroud, OK, by Route 9 Signs

From route66news.com: The man behind Route 9 Signs in California recently finished a detailed miniature of the Skyliner Motel sign along Route 66 in Stroud, Oklahoma.

Martin Treu recently commissioned the work from Chris Raley, who lives in Fresno. Railey wrote on his Route 9 Signs account on Instagram that the miniature was made with laser-cut baltic birch plywood and acrylic, plus scale-model bricks, plants and rocks. The top part of the poles and the arrow were made with a three-dimensional printer.

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Resiliency on the Mother Road: Two U of I alumnae shed light on the Black experience on Route 66.

Route History building

Route History is housed in a vintage 1930s gas station. A new installation outside celebrates four important Springfield residents including conductors on the Underground Railroad

From Storied: In 1946, the Nat King Cole Trio hit the Billboard charts with their song, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” Cole’s smooth voice transported us down the iconic road from Chicago to Los Angeles. It became the anthem of the American road trip, where vacationers sent kitschy postcards home and spent nights in roadside motels with flickering neon signs beckoning weary travelers.

But if Nat King Cole wanted to stay at one of these motels along the road for a good night’s rest, he would likely be turned away.

If he was hungry and stopped for a meal at a café, he would likely be turned away.

In mid-twentieth century America, it was one thing for white Americans to sing along when they heard Cole’s song on the radio. It was another to offer him—or any Black traveler— an available bed or a warm meal.

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Hi Tops Restaurant Sign Looking for Foster Home

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Hi Tops was in business from 1908-2012 by the late Edwin Hum. Photo courtesy of Bill Kimball

From PTBOCanada: The famed and iconic Hi Tops Chinese Restaurant sign is looking for a new temporary home following the closure of Hot Belly Mama’s back in March announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Bill Kimball, the sign’s owner, made the post seeking a new storage spot for the sign with several suggestions from the community since it must be removed within the week. The sign does not have to be on display for fostering its storage. 

The long-term goal is to have the sign restored but needs to be kept in a safe place in the meantime according to Kimball. During its storage, plans and funding for the restoration will be made. 

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