Postcards circa 1960s & 1970s: Kummerlowe
Columbus, Georgia --3181 Victory Dr (Martha Berry Hwy) (U.S. 280 & U.S. 27)
Restaurant --3173 Victory Dr.
The Columbus Howard Johnson's Restaurant is believed to have opened in 1955 and its adjacent Motor Lodge in 1958. Located less than four miles from Fort Benning, and with its Polynesian Lounge and putting green, the complex would have been well used by both military personnel and other visitors. Since the Motor Lodge was early to open in the history of the chain, it was originally a member of the Superior Motels referral network.

Having lost its Orange Roof in 1971 (the Restaurant in 1973), the property became known as the Columbus Motor Lodge and kept that name until its closure at the end of the 1990s.

Above: Even as it operated as the Columbus Motor Lodge, guest rooms retained their ultra-modern two-tone Harry Bertoia side chairs!

Photographs 2002: Phil Edwards
By 2002, the site's Restaurant had long been demolished, and the Motor Lodge was abandoned even as one of its signs continued to advertise the property's "Quiet Pleasant Atmosphere."

Google 3D view 2020
The Columbus-South Holiday Inn was operating by the early 1960s and had been built immediately across the highway from the older-style Howard Johnson's and offered the HoJo's keen competition.
Guest receipt June 22, 1978: Kummerlowe
Postcards circa 1960s: Kummerlowe

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