From 1970 Horne's Directory: Courtesy of Larry Passaro
Jacksonville, Florida -- 5331 University Blvd. West

Probably built closer to the end of the 1960s, the Jacksonville site featured a simplified highway sign along I-95 topped with a stylized crown. Well sited, the complex had adopted the up and coming Red Carpet Inn brand during the middle 1970s, and its restaurant/gift shop was called the Jockey Club Restaurant and Lounge.

Note that after 1969 when Greyhound disposed of its Horne's division, the yellow roofed chain's headquarters were in Topeka, Kansas until finally moving to Jacksonville, Fla. where the brand dissolved away in the early 1980s as a subsidiary of ServAmerica, Incorporated.

Postcard circa 1970s: Kummerlowe Archive
Bravely taken photographs March 2007: Courtesy of Bob Venditti
Above: Interestingly the motor lodge turned Red Carpet recycled one of its Horne's signs retaining the sign's stylized crown!

Aerial view © Microsoft Corp.
Postcard views circa 1970s: Kummerlowe Archive

Above & Below: The once eye catching and popular bright yellow roofed highway stop so easily spotted from I-95 no longer serves as a friendly beacon to business and family travelers, but has instead become a ghost of its former self and a den of the down and destitute.
Photograph March 2007: Courtesy of Bob Venditti

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