Palm Plaza Motel

Palm Plaza MotelThe Palm Plaza Motel in Winter Park, Florida. On the back:

Palm Plaza Motel
459 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, Florida
Phone 4-1581
On U.S. Highway 17 & 92 – 5 Minutes North of downtown Orlando.
Air-Conditioned or Cross Ventilated Rooms. Over-Night or Weekly. Twin and Double Beds. Some with Kitchenettes. Convenient Parking Space at rear doors.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Hurley
Associate Owners and Managers
Phone or write for Reservations

La Loma Court, Las Vegas, NM

La Loma CourtThis lackluster postcard features a view of La Loma Court in Las Vegas, New Mexico. You may be unfamiliar with the town but we stop in Las Vegas just about every time we’re in New Mexico (every couple of years), as the interesting town offers some fine antique shops. Mailed from Red River, New Mexico to Plains, Kansas in 1942, the card has this correspondence written on the reverse:

Dear La Verne, Came from Taos this morning & got here about 10:30 A.M. Think we’ll go on to Eagle Nest today & possibly Raton. Scenery is beautiful but still nothing to compare with some we saw last year.
Love, Mother

Dude Rancher Lodge

Dude Rancher LodgeThe Dude Rancher Lodge in Billings, Montana. The lodge opened in 1949, and given the cars shown this chrome postcard dates from about 1954-55. (in the left-foreground is a black ’54 Cadillac and in the center, way in the distance, is a 1953 Mercury woodie) The Dude Rancher Lodge has had its share of challenges in recent years, appearing on the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible in 2012. Adding injury to insult, a drug-fueled gunman chose the lodge for a shootout with police just days later.

Crazy Hotel

Crazy Hotel, Mineral Wells, TXThe Crazy Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas, so named for the town’s “Crazy Water”. Originally named the Crazy Water Hotel, this 1950s postcard shows that by that time it was simply called Crazy Hotel, perhaps due to the waning interest in the once nationally known local mineral water. You can learn more about Crazy Water here.