Rip Van Motel, Sault Saint Marie, Michigan

This oddly named motel is on the northern tip of the Upper Peninsula very close to the locks which connect Lake Superior and Lake Huron. It would appear the name is derived from the fictional character Rip Van Winkle, who slept for many decades before waking.

Published by R.C. O’Neil, Box 4423, Joyfield P.O., Detroit, Michigan

The description states:

RIP – VAN MOTEL

Across the street from famous “Soo” Locks

351 West Portage Ave.

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Built in 1959  Phone: MElrose 2-2571

Singles to Suites – Family Units

Ceramic Tile Showers – Completely Carpeted – Spacious Lobby with T.V. – Excellent Restaurant in connection.

Frarnk Baccari – Owner-Manager

–This card shows some of the very typical mid-century accommodations and furniture widely used not only in motels but often in private homes. These pieces are now collector’s items in some cases.

The motel apparently has changed hands over the years, and there is a Lockview Motel in this location instead. The old buildings are gone and the new motel has new structures. The auto shown in the photo indicates this card dates from the 1960s.

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