things have changed from the 1960's to 2005!
Take a close look at these
pictures from the 1960's of the Clifwood Motel at Little Falls,
MN. This was the typical motel that people expected when they
traveled. Rooms were expected to be neat, clean & tidy. But
expectations about what you would find in your room were very limited.
You'll note that in these
pictures these rooms had TV's. Many motels were just getting TV's
in the early 1960's. TV's were expensive AND they were Black
& White ONLY!. Color TV's did not start appearing in most
motel rooms until the early to mid 1970's.
The Clifwood Motel offered
kitchenette units. They were the rage in the 1960's.
Imagine traveling and being able to prepare your breakfast or dinner in
your own room! Kitchenettes started to fade away in the 1970's as
most franchises at that time did not permit them. The traveling
public had the new fast food joints to visit along with popular local
cafes. Today we have microwaves, small refrigerators as popular
Check the pictures and you'll see that this motel still had some "Cabin
Courts". Your own individual building was your unit. Some
motels had double cabin court units. The cabin court design dates
from the beginnings of road side motels in the 1930's. The
term "motel" did not come into common use until after World War II.
Roadside accomodations were mostly known as Cabin Courts in these early
Take a look and imagine what
staying in one of these "state of the art" rooms would be like.
for taking a look back. .
Henry Votel, Broker
Motels by Gudim - Since 1945
St. Paul, MN