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Roadside Motels Midwest

 

Viking Motel
Portland, OR
Photo courtesy Jeff Raber

Check out this roadside sign outside of the Viking Motel in Portland. Yes, yet another sign prominently advertises the fact that the motel rooms have TV. A sign of a bygone era.

 

 

Shady Lane Motel
Photo courtesy Van

What's the best thing to do on a full stomach? A nap of course. If you're in Yakima, WA, spend the night at the Shady Lane Motel. Can't vouch for the lodging, but the marquee ain't bad.

 

 

 

Thunderbird Motel (Now the Fremont Motel)
Seattle, WA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Usually, motels with a name like the Thunderbird Motelfeatures a vintage sign and the sign outside here is no disappointment.

 

UPDATE 02/08 : The Thunderbird Motel in Seattle no longer has the same name. It is now the Fremont Motel. The vintage sign is still visible along Aurora Avenue, but only some of its lights work. Many thanks to Curtis Bobbitt for update. 2-08

 

 

Marco Polo Motel
Seattle, WA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Marco Polo Motel's marquee still stands tall off the main drag in Seattle.

 

 

El Dorado Motel
Seattle, WA
Photo courtesy Chris Richey

The El Dorado Motel in Seattle, WA features a vintage marquee sign with a giant neon swooping arrow... standard in its time.

 

 

 

Pine City Inn
Seattle, WA
Photo courtesy John Spencer

The Pine City Inn features an example of the old rooftop motel marquee signs that once captured the attention of passing motorists from quite a distance away. Not sure if this sign still lights up at night, though the sign itself is rather impressive.

 

UPDATE 07/08 : Here are photos of the Pine City Inn motel building, as it stands in Seattle. 07-08

 

Pine City Inn
Seattle, WA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Pine City Inn
Seattle, WA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

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