1984 AAA Tourbook page A17
Photographs April 2004: Phil Edwards
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
 --2009 Bardstown Rd
    AKA 2009 North Mulberry Street

Open in late 1974 or early 1975, Elizabethtown was sited to capture motorists on either I-65 headed north or south, or also those headed east or west on Kentucky's Blue Grass Parkway. The property was once a part of the huge McLean HoJo's empire which had been based in Springfield, Missouri and it remained branded as a Howard Johnson's until 1988.

In 2003, the small Mansard Restaurant was serving as a Stuckey's and the Motor Lodge was much altered as a Quality Inn. The former Motor Lodge was subsequently rebranded as a Comfort Inn.

Left: Street sign recycled for the Quality Inn

Below: Highway tower recycled for the Quality Inn, Exxon, and also as a cell tower.


1992 AAA Tourbook page A14
Above: Following the Elizabethtown property's departure from the Orange Roof fold, the brand's then owner (HFS) convinced an established motel to become a franchisee. With HFS having collected its fees and new signs slapped up, the Howard Johnson Commonwealth Lodge located at 708 E. Dixie Hwy. came into being. Please do not confuse it with an authentic HoJo's.

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