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Other Roadside Motels Midwest

 

Gorilla Villa (Gone)
Gravois Mills, MO
Photo courtesy Dirk Burhans

Ever heard of the Gorilla Villa? How about the "headless" Gorilla Villa? Well, the Gorilla Villa sign in gorilla... 'er... Gravois Mills, MO used to have a head until a storm ripped the head off a few years back. Now, this headless sign can't help but turn the head of the roadside traveler passing through. Unless, of course, the traveler is used to seeing headless apparitions.

 

UPDATE 07/11 : The Gorilla Villa has left the premises. The old motel on Route 5 has been torn down by the Gravois Mills board of trustees not long after the property was purchased by the board in June. According to the LakeNewsOnline article, the 1940's era motel is being replaced by a city park. 07-11

 

 

Fremont Turnpike Motel
Oak Harbor, OH
Photo courtesy Emily Steele

The Fremont Turnpike Motel is an old roadside motel found in Oak Harbor.

 

 

Orchard Motel
Oak Harbor, OH
Photo courtesy Emily Steele

Somewhat close to the Fremont is the Orchard Motel and its still standing motel marquee.

 

 

Parakeet Motel
Springfield, MO
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

Here's a nice shot of the marquee for the Parakeet Motel, located in the Route 66 town of Springfield, MO. The multicolored parakeet depicted on the sign just adds to the character of the road.

 

 

 

 

Fontaine Motel
Detroit, MI
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett


The Fontaine Motel of Detroit, Michigan features a huge marquee sitting out by the roadside edge. 04-01

(Far left) A look at the contrast between the reddish sign and the green and yellow hues at the bottom

(Near left) A close up of the Fontaine Motel marquee

 

 

Abandoned Motel
Kokomo, IN
Photo courtesy Emily Steele

Here's a shot of an old abandoned motel. I doubt this is what the Beach Boys were singing about in their song Kokomo.

 

 

 

 

 

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