Postcard circa 1950s
Even as its setting changed once Interstate 75 was opened and Ocala-North was built, the Ocala-South Motor Lodge and Restaurant continued as a Howard Johnson's until the end of the 1970s. After that its fortunes waned. The Restaurant likely suffered a succession of local establishments before last being used a a used car lot--by the middle 2000s no trace of the Restaurant remained. Amazingly the Motor Lodge continued to offer lodging as the Royal Inn.

Photograph March 29, 2003: Courtesy of Dan Donahue
Photographs 2003: Courtesy of Phil Edwards

Photographs 1998: Courtesy of Norman & Linda Hughes