Colo Motel Historical Marker – Colo, IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 42° 01.358 W 093° 18.622
15T E 474304 N 4652335
Quick Description: The Colo Motel has a long history of business on the historic Lincoln Highway.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2011 5:47:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMBH2C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 6

Long Description:
The Colo Motel has a long history of business on the historic Lincoln Highway. A plaque tells the story:

“Throughout most of the 1920’s, Charlie Reed allowed travelers to pitch tents on open land at this site. Beginning in 1928, however, that camping space was filled by the Colo Cabin Camp, which was also known by the late 1940’s as the Colo Motel, the sole name used after the mid-1950’s. This was an early use in Iowa of the term “motel,” a contraction of “motor hotel.” Connoting “modern,” this new word originated in California and quickly spread across the country after World War II.

“The Colo Motel consisted of a main building and two smaller ones, each housing rental units arrayed under a single roof. This was the main building, containing eleven units arranged in an L-configuration—five doubles built in 1946 and six singles added in 1947. In 1964, it was converted to an apartment building after the 1962 relocation of US 30 brought reduced patronage, and it remains an apartment building today.

“The blue and yellow neon-lit Colo Motel sign, installed in the late 1940’s, has design features characteristic of much roadside signage of that era.”

The motel has been recently remodeled and is now in use for those in need of a night’s stay.
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