in The Motel in America as a "lumber merchant,"
E. L. McLallen began his term as an Alamo Plaza owner when he
purchased the Memphis Plaza--not long after Torrance had started
it. Impressed with what Torrance had created, McLallen soon began
his own branch. Since his home was Nashville, the first of his
non-conforming properties opened in the Music City. Apparently
the spot of his location was a hub of roadside commerce as scores
of other businesses catering to motorists sprang up nearby--including
a Howard Johnson's Restaurant which was adjacent to the Plaza!
Later a Howard
Johnson's Motor Lodge was built at the site.
addition to the Nashville motel, locations in Louisville, Knoxville,
and Indianapolis were added to E. L. McLallen's hodgepodge collection
of Alamo Plazas. Except that Torrnace recognized them as members
of his chain, and features like Simmons furniture and Beautyrest
mattresses were advertised, motorists would have been hard pressed
to know by looking that each of the properties was a link in the
Alamo Plaza chain.