Ho for HoJo!
The Topeka Howard Johnson's complex opened in 1963 and marked
the beginning of rapid expansion to the Pacific Ocean, making
the chain "Host of The Highways not just from Maine
to Florida but also from coast to coast! Little
expense was spared for Topeka's modern Motor Lodge and Restaurant
facility. The grounds included lighted tennis courts, 9
hole putting green, 2 swimming pools and a large playground.
Having just lost its Howard Johnson's name during 1993,
Scott Sargent arrived in time to see it operating as the
Liberty Inn but still intact.
& Below: By Scott's subsequent visits
in the 2000s, the site had been abandoned.