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TNC 60.3 Marriott.jpg
Shown under construction is the Marriott formerly located on Prices Fork Road in Blacksburg across from the Virginia Tech Golf Course.

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Comfort Inn, located at 2545 Lee Highway in Troutville.

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Comfort Inn, located at 2545 Lee Highway in Troutville.

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The Hitching Post Motel, formerly located at 7656 Williamson Road.

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Colonial Tourist Home, formerly located at 3824 Williamson Road.

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Peaks of Otter Lodge

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Peaks of Otter Lodge in the latter part of construction.

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The Parkway Motel was located on Route 220, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, three miles south of Roanoke. The card promoted the motel as having “room telephone, air conditioning, all tile baths, hot water heat, air foam mattresses.” The motel…

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In 1927, Salem businessman Henry A. Oakey purchased the former Hotel Salem and changed its name to Hotel Fort Lewis. The structure was demolished in 1974 .

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The Homestead Hotel has a long history. Built by David Wade in 1802, it was formerly known as the Old Globe Tavern with five huge fireplaces and 27-inch thick walls. At the time this card was published, it was the only original stage coach tavern…

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This hotel stood on Main Street and was erected by W.D.F. Duval in 1871. It contained 40 to 50 rooms with bath tubs and running water. For a few years, the hotel was owned by the Chapman family and renamed the Lucerne.

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The vast majority of tourist homes, motor courts, motels and other tourist-related businesses dried up after the emergence of President Eisenhower’s interstate highway system. Small towns were bypassed, and routes, such as Route 11, were no…

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Traveltown, located on Route 11 in Cloverdale, advertised “Every cottage heated with Private Bath.” In the mid-1920s, Route 11 became a link in the Washington-to-San Diego Lee Highway, making it a part of the transcontinental highway system.

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Windsor Court Motel was at 1908 W. Main Street, Salem. Effie Snead was the owner and, at the time the card was published, Charles Snead was the manager.

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This motor court was managed by H.R. Poole, who mailed this particular card to Joseph Lang of West Hempstead, NY, with the simple message, “You’re welcome in Virginia.” The establishment lured visitors by claiming “no truck or railroad…

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The Goodwin Motel’s postcard boasted “approved drinking water.” The motel was located west of Salem on Route 11, which served for many years as the modern-day equivalent of the interstate.

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The sender of this postcard wrote, “Will spend New Years Eve here, rained all day, having a good time. This motel is very comfortable. See you in San Francisco.” The Fort Lewis Tourist Courts was ½ mile west of Salem on Route 11.

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The Manor House at Lakeview Motor Lodge, formerly located at 6910 Williamson Road.

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Lakeview Motor Lodge, formerly located at 6910 Williamson Road.

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"Tourist Camp Fort Lewis Courts. Steam heat, tile private baths, innerspring mattresses, closed garages. One of the best in the east, 8 miles west of Roanoke, Virginia. One-half mile west of Salem, Virginia. US Route No. 11. Open all year. Mr. and…

PC 119.10 Rockledge Inn.jpg
"Rockledge Inn, Roanoke, Virginia."

PC 116.87 Hotel Roanoke.jpg
"Hotel Roanoke and Lawn."

PC 116.852 Hotel Roanoke.jpg
" A modern 250 room version of an Old English Inn, set in the midst of its own ten acre park, in the heart of the city. A new 50 car garage connects directly to lobby. George L. Denison, Manager."

PC 116.851 Hotel Roanoke.jpg
"A modern version of an Old English Inn, set in the midst of its own ten acre park. In the heart of the city. Modern 50 car garage in direct connection with the lobby. Kenneth R. Hyde, Manager."

PC 116.85 Hotel Roanoke.jpg
"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke Virginia. Ample free parking space. A ten acre park. In the heart of the city. Kenneth R. Hyde, Manager."

PC 116.843 Hotel Roanoke.jpg
"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke Virginia. A modern air conditioned version of an Old English Inn, set in the midst of its own ten acre park, in the heart of the city. A 100 car garage connects directly to the lobby. George L. Denison, Resident Manager.…

PC 116.841 Hotel Roanoke.jpg
"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke Virginia. Hotel Roanoke, a completely air conditioned modern version of an Old English Inn, is located on a beautifully gardened tract of land in the heart of the city. It is famed as a convention center and known as the…

PC 116.84 Hotel Roanoke.jpg
"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia. A modern air conditioned, 325 room version of an Old English Inn , set in the midst of its own ten acre park in the heart of the City. A 100 car garage connects directly to the lobby. Kenneth Hyde, General…

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia. A modern air conditioned 300 room version of an Old English Inn , set in the midst of its own ten acres park in the heart of the city. A new 100 car garage connects directly with the lobby. On the Norfolk and…

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia. A modern, air conditioned 300 room version of an Old English Inn set in the midst of its own ten acre park in the heart of the City. A new 100 car garage connects directly with the lobby."

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"Of striking Old English architecture, Hotel Roanoke emphasizes comfort and convenience throughout. Located in the midst of its own beautifully landscaped ten acre grounds, within a few minutes' walk of the shopping and theatre district of Roanoke,…

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia. One of the South's finest of hostelries, catering to many state and national conventions yearly."

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"Hotel Roanoke and Motor Inn, Roanoke, Virginia 24006. A delightful, modern version of an Old English Inn, located in its own ten acre park in the center of Roanoke. 425 air-conditioned rooms. Gourmet restaurants. Free parking. Heated outdoor…

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia. F.E. Foster, Proprietor. Open all Year."

PC 116.81 Hotel Roanoke.jpg
"Hotel Roanoke, a modern version of an Old English Inn, situated in a park of ten acres in the heart of the City of Roanoke, Virginia. In the background at the left are the old and new General Office Buildings of the Norfolk & Western Railway."

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"Depot, Offices and Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"The Ponce de Leon Hotel located in the center of the business and shopping district, Roanoke, Virginia. All rooms air-conditioned. Coffee shop and private dining rooms with free guest parking lot adjacent, make this one of the city's most attractive…

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"Ponce de Leon Hotel, Roanoke, Virginia. Located at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Commerce Street, within easy walking distance of business and shopping district and of theatres. Every streetcar and every highway route passing through the…

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"Ponce de Leon Hotel, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"The Ponce de Leon Hotel, Roanoke, Virginia., ocated in the heart of the city, is a beautiful structure of modernistic design containing 200 attractive outside rooms. The interior arrangement follows a Spanish motif in keeping with name, and…

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"New Ponce de Leon Hotel, Roanoke, Virginia. Located at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Commerce Street, within easy walking distance of business and shopping district and of theatres, which accessibility is so desirable. Every streetcar and…

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"Hotel Ponce de Leon, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"Ponce de Leon Hotel and Annex, Roanoke, Virginia."

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"Hotel Ponce de Leon, Roanoke, Virginia."

PC 116.65 Hotel Patrick Henry.jpg
"Patrick Henry Hotel from Elmwood Park - Roanoke, Virginia. This view from Elmwood Park in the heart of Roanoke shows part of the Roanoke Public Library and the Patrick Henry Hotel, located on S. Jefferson Street."

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"Hotel Patrick Henry, Roanoke, Virginia. 400 rooms with bath, ceiling fan, circulating ice water. Garage direct entrance to lobby. Fay M. Thomas, Manager."

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Patrick Henry Hotel

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"Hotel Patrick Henry, Roanoke, Virginia. 300 rooms, 300 baths. Robert R. Meyer, President. A.B. Moody, Manager."

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"Patrick Henry Hotel, Roanoke, Virginia. 300 rooms, each with bath - 125 air conditioned. Fine coffee shop. Airlines office in lobby. Bus station nearby. Located on the edge of the business district. Information on Blue Ridge Parkway. Routes US 11,…

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Hotel Shenandoah

PC 116.4 Hotel Lenox.jpg
"Hotel Lenox, opposite west exit N&W passenger station. In the heart of Roanoke, Virginia."

PC 116.3 English Village.jpg
"English Village, five miles north of Roanoke, Virginia. Intersection US Route 11 and VA 117. If you are going to be late arriving, wire English Village and we will gladly make reservations for you. Cottages heated and equipped with tile showers,…

PC 116.2 Plaza Motor Court.jpg
"Plaza Motor Court, open all year. 22 rooms - hot water heat, innerspring mattress each bed, high class restaurant adjacent on US 11 and 220. 4513 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24012. Thomas Scordas, Proprietor, Manager."

PC 116.1 Blue Eagle Tourist Court.jpg
"Jolly Jay Tea Room and Blue Eagle Tourist Court, also One Stop Service Station. Complete modern equipment. Located on US 11, one mile north of Roanoke, Virginia. D.T. Oyler and sons, proprietors."

PC 116.0 Hitching Post Motel.jpg
"Hitching Post Motel, US Highways 11 and 220...2 miles north of Roanoke, Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Windel, Owners and Managers."

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The Roanoker Motor Lodge, formerly located at 7645 Williamson Road.

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Motel Hollins, formerly located at 1231 Lee HIghway.

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Air Castle Court Motel, formerly located at 7121 Williamson Road.

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Gulf Truckstops at Troutville.

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American Motor Inns, formerly located at 103 Campbell Avenue.

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Howard Johnson's Motel and Restaurant, formerly located at 7656 Williamson Road.

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The exterior of the Roanoker Motor Lodge located at 7645 Williamson Road.

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View of the Shangri La Motel and Sign, once located at 5125 Williamson Road.

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The sign for the Holiday Inn of America in Roanoke, formerly located at 7120 Williamson Road.

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The sign for the Hitching Post Motel, which was located at 7656 Williamson Road.

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Big Oak Motel was located at 2501 Williamson Road.

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Monticello Motel was located at 5046 Williamson Road.
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