Postcard circa 1960s
Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa. -- 307 Hwy 315
AKA Pittston
Like many other Keystone State HoJo's the Scranton-Wilkes-Barrie complex was sited in close proximity to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and one of its Interchanges. Moreover Scranton-Wilkes-Berre which was opened in June of 1965 was nestled not just along the Turnpike but was also convenient to the heavily traveled Interstate 81. In fact it was located between the two limited access highways allowing the complex to capture business from both!   
Satellite view © Microsoft Corp.

Photographs April 2007
The 120 room Motor Lodge built in a classic roadside layout survived as a Howard Johnson's until 1999. It suffered from botched remodeling projects mandated by Cendant's Stucco Mafia during the middle 1990s. However much of its hideous appearance came after the Lodge lost its HJ, for it was converted into a Wynfiled Inn, Days Inn, and by 2007 had slapped up the Super 8 sign. The once dignified Gate Lodge had become a caricature of overdone tacked on embellishments--just gross!

Photograph courtesy of Bob Venditti
It was small consolation, but at least the sliders remained as recently as 2007.
Photograph 2005: Courtesy of Brian Florence