Dwight in Livingston County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Mom and Pop Motels
The Paulsen-Strufe Motel
In 1952, John and Dorothy Strufe purchased the business and called it the Strufe Motel. After remodeling and enclosing the carports in 1959, they renamed it the Arrow Motel.
The motel began in 1935 as a gas station owned by Danish immigrants, Marlin and Metha Paulsen. They built five cabins with carports and called it Paulsen Court.
A Family Affair
The Strufe and Paulsen children grew up here. Running a motel was truly a family affair, from washing and hanging sheets to pumping gas. Everyone helped out.
The Paulsens and Strufes named rooms after female family members: 1-Rita, 2-Peggy, 3-Carol, and so on. Repeat travelers would remember which “girl” they had stayed in the last time through.
“The job I remember liking the least was the daily laundry. Sometimes the clothesline would fall down and I had to wash everything all over again.” – Metha Paulsen
Erected by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
Location. 41° 5.421′ N, 88° 26.371′ W. Marker is in Dwight, Illinois, in Livingston County. Marker is at the intersection of Old U.S. 66 and South Street, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 66. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 S Old Rte 66, Dwight IL 60420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Dwight (approx. ¼ mile away); Full Service on Rte 66 (approx. ¼ mile away); Dwight, Illinois (approx. ¼ mile away); The Windmill (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Well Connected Village (approx. 0.6 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1879-1979 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Shifting Roadways (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dwight.
More about this marker. This is one of four "Wayside Exhibits" in Dwight erected by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway group.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.