When it comes to American pop culture, motels and gangsters go together like peas and carrots. The prevalences of gangster motels is spread across the TV and Hollywood movie landscape. It has been since the days of Hitchcock. 90s neo-noir L.A. Confidential sees the corrupt LAPD cops taking “persons of interest” to a dilapidated motel to torture information out of them. The Coen brothers’ hit TV series Fargo uses a seen-better-days motel as the backdrop for the crazed “Sioux Valley Falls Massacre” shoot-out during Season…Continue Reading “Gangsters and Motels”

Opened in 1925, the Milestone “Mo-Tel” Inn was opened as the world’s first bonafide motor hotel. It was poised for greatness, but within a decade its owners ran out of money and sold it. Meanwhile, competitors used the name and the golden age of motels began. What happened?    California History Inspires America’s First Motel When dreaming up the concept for the Milestone Motel, Arthur Heineman, the hotel’s architect, looked to the Spanish missions of California’s old colonial days for inspiration. The old mission compounds…Continue Reading “America’s First Motel: The Strange Story of the Milestone Motel Inn”