remains of this Motor Lodge were one of the most amazing finds!
It was likely the most intact of the 1950s properties, and
was still open as a motel in 2002--barely.The
original 1950s sign with the Lamplighter was long gone, but
at least the 1960s trapezoid version remained, complete with
its original 'Motor Lodge' moniker.
ignoring the many foreboding "no trespassing" signs
I quickly explored the property, but was spotted. The proprietor
was none to happy that I was taking pictures and greeted me
sternly as I approached the Gate Lodge. He may have even been
close to calling the police! But he allowed me to enter the
lobby and take a quick look around--it was nearly all original!!
From the check-in counter to the orange HJ key tags it was
just about as real as it could get without having a time machine.
There was even a faded Howard Johnson's postcard taped on
the cabinet behind the counter.