Tifton, Georgia -- U.S. Hwy 41 @ I-75

Nestled on a large pie shaped parcel at the intersection of the old highway, U.S. 41, and the then spanking brand new Interstate 75, the sprawling Tifton Motor Lodge & Restaurant complex opened sometime in 1960 with all ground level guest rooms. 

It was the second of twelve Howard Johnson's complexes that were eventually built along I-75 in Georgia, and was directly across from Baldwin College which became the Tifton Campus of The University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Studies facility.

Postcard circa 1960s: Kummerlowe
Photograph 2002: Phil Edwards
Brochure circa 1960: Kummerlowe
Photographs April 30, 2005: Kummerlowe
Photograph March 30, 2003: Kummerlowe
Photographs 2002: Phil Edwards
Photograph March 30, 2003: Kummerlowe
Photograph April 30, 2005: Kummerlowe
Photograph 2002: Phil Edwards

The Ruins of a Civilization

Into the Gate Lodge: Feeling as if I were invading a tomb, I tried not to disturb much. Nonetheless, I attempted to find a way to the "loft, " but did not see a ladder or stairwell. It was eerie as the wind rustled the curtain shreds, and the Gate Lodge seemed to moan in the pain of its predicament.

Guest receipts and financial records were scattered about--most of the slips of paper were still neatly enclosed in thoughtfully labeled manila envelopes.

When the site was closed all of the buildings were carefully "sealed" with plywood and locked tight. Many furnishings were simply left in place. Perhaps its last owners had intended to return and renovate it only to lose financial backing, and then it was too late.
Photos 4/30/2005: Kummerlowe
Guest receipt 1981: Kummerlowe

Section of a ca. 1980s guest receipt found in the abandoned Gate Lodge in 2005: Kummerlowe
Having lost its HJ moniker in about 1984, Tifton became the Village Green Motel with 75 units. Before its final closure it may have operated as Caps Haven, and served as budget lodging.  
Photograph March 2007: Bob Venditti
Demolished by 2007, the site remained undeveloped until at least the 2020s.
Google satellite view circa 2010
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