Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Bonnie Dell Motel Then and Now
Last week I mentioned the Perkins down on US 250 near Ashland as being a favorite Sunday afternoon destination. Well, the road that is now US 250 used to be one of the early alignments of the cross-country Lincoln Highway, and it was dotted with lots of small motels like the one shown on the postcard above: the Bonnie Dell Motel.
Although the motel portion of the property is gone, the brick building near the highway is still there, and we pass it every time we go to Perkins. Here's a modern view.
The back of the vintage postcard reveals that the motel was apparently operated by Mr. & Mrs. E. R. Emminger, and J. & Bonnie Garn, so we know at least where the 'Bonnie' in the name comes from. The back also states that the motel was at "Route 250 at Studebaker Monument."
Studebaker Monument? What's that – and is it still there? Stop back here tomorrow to find out!