Postcard circa 1960s

 Mount Holly, New Jersey
2015 Mt Holly/Burlington Rd


The Mt. Holly Howard Johnson's was set to open in 1959, and featured "59 beautifully decorated units." The Howard Johnson Company wisely had franchisees open Motor Lodge/ Restaurant complexes up and down the 118 mile long New Jersey Turnpike. With nothing to block the motorist's view, the sprawling Mt. Holly complex spread out along the Turnpike giving weary travelers plenty of time to exit and enjoy America's Landmark.

 Postcard detail circa 1960s

 Photograph courtesy of Bob Venditti

By Bob's recent visit, changes had rendered the once pristine example of roadside hospitality nearly a wasteland. Only a shadow of its former self, the once proud symbol of Howard Johnson's Motor Lodges, the Gate Lodge, sat empty awaiting its sad fate even as a bit of its once gleaming Orange Roof bled through...