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Roadside Motels Central California

 

Tulare Inn (Removed)
Tulare, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's a roadside motel that may fit you to a T. The sign advertising the Tulare Inn is a sign you can't miss off the highway. Well, at least that's the way it used to be. This roadside icon of a sign was recently removed. Another of the highway's reminders of its past is now gone.

 

 

Fresno Sands
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Fresno Sands Motel marquee stands tall alongside Motel drive. From the looks of things, this must have been one huge establishment in its heyday.

 

 

M & R Motel
Madera, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Here's an old weather beaten marquee from the M & R Motel of Madera. This sign still proudly advertises air conditioning as a selling point.

 

 

Del Mar Motel
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Del-Mar Motel still stands tall in Fresno. Check out this sign at night.

 

 

Tower Motel
Bakersfield, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This sign high up the roadside points to the Tower Motel. Not sure where the motel really is though.

 

 

 

Vagabond Motor Hotel (Demolished)
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Here's a shot of the Vagabond Motor Hotel. The sign now looks rather worn... not sure what the lodging areas are now like these days.

 

UPDATE 12/08 : The Vagabond Motor Hotel was to be demolished in early 2004 to make way for loft style apartments and commercial businesses. 12-08

UPDATE 03/09 : The Vagabond Motor Hotel is now the home to the Vagabond Lofts, which had its ground breaking on December 18, 2004 and opened in 2006. 03-09

 

 

99 Motel (Removed)
Atwater, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The 99 Motel in Atwater still features an old hanging marquee that used to be quite prevalent back in the early years of motor courts.

 

UPDATE 07/06 : Unfortunately the sign was removed from this 99 treasure a few years ago. 07-06

 

 

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