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Other Roadside Motels Central California

 

California Motel
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn


This old faded sign sits on the lot of the California Motel in Fresno. Imagine what this marquee looked like in its heyday, as it stood along with the other motel signs advertising their state of the art signs to draw in sleepy customers to its lodgings.

(Far right) A close up look at the marquee, barely showing off the "motel" lettering on the sign.

 

 

Capri Motel
Bakersfield, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Capri Motel still stands along the old route in Bakersfield.

 

UPDATE 12/08 : Here are a few more images of the Capri Motel. From the looks of these photos, the tall vertical marquee standing by the roadside was removed in recent years.

The once prominent sign added a touch of 50's or 60's feel to the complex. The large letters on the driveway port as well as the rectangular plastic sign still survive to this day.

The Capri Theatre is located on Union Avenue, which is the old Route 99, in a busy area of Bakersfield. Since the photo to the left was taken, several businesses and signs along the old route have been removed, including the Farmer John's Pancake House which was demolished. Soon, not much will be left to remind folks of the old mom and pop businesses that used to be Route 99 in Bakersfield, CA. 12-08

 

Capri Motel
Bakersfield, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Capri Motel in late 2008
Bakersfield, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

 

City Motel
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The City Motel in Fresno points the way into the lodging area. This is another old marquee whose paint has faded with time. Yes, the sign also points the way to the free TV.

 

 

Fowler Motel
Fowler, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Here's another old sign for the Fowler Motel that's faded like many of the others.

 

 

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