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Angel's Flight Funicular
Downtown Los Angeles
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Each and every city has Historical Sites of some importance. In many cases, the local, state, or federal conservatory has deemed the site a landmark or point of historical significance. In cases such as the Angel's Flight funicular railway, the site returns to fame and fortune again after many years of absence. Unfortunately in this case, the Angel's Flight was forced to shut down again after a tragic accident. Hopefully the shut down will be temporary.



Ambassador Hotel, Wilshire District
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Today, the hotel scene is dominated by large chains. Where can one go without seeing a Westin, Hyatt, Hilton, or Holiday Inn to name a few. However, this was not always the case. In the past, single-location hotels were prevalent throughout the major cities. In their heydey, these luxury hotels boasted of the finest linens, lobbys, and architecture in the land. Some of these grand hotels can be found here in Historical Hotels.



A major part of the American landscape has been the familiar retail stores of our past of Bygone Retail. Remember sniffing the delicious aroma of freshly popped popcorn and stopping at the snack section of your local store? This section is devoted to the retail establishments, large and small, that used to populate our neighborhoods. Some disappeared due to changing consumer tastes while others were bought or merged. In either case, they are now gone.

Fedco Membership Store
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com



Zenith Color TV Shop
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Remember the Golden Era? The days before computers, Palm Pilots, CD players, DVD, Mini Disc, and yes, even VCRs? When televisions were considered new technology and having UHF to watch Speed Racer was considered a multimedia event? Well, here at Roadside Peek's Retrolook is Golden Era Shops. Home to the best name brand equipment and stuff around. Need a new Zenith TV? Then take a moment and step right up.



Sands Hotel
Courtesy Chris Nichols

See postcards from different eras at Vintage Postcards. 1st edition includes postcards from Las Vegas and Route 66. This section is new and will be updated frequently.




Joe Bong Market
Photo courtesy Gorb70

How about the old buildings from back in the day, many of which are in various stages of decay. See them here at Roadside Peek's Roadside Ruins and Relics.



Greyhound BusGreyhound Bus
Photo courtesy Stewart Isbell

Looking for the roadside institutions that dot each and every town and city. Check them out here at Roadside Peek's Roadside Institutions.










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