Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Twin Motel and Tourism
Tourism has long been important to Sarasota's history and economy. Winter visitors began coming to the area in the 1880s with some staying in Sarasota's first hotel, The DeSoto Hotel, which was completed in 1887. Tourism increased in the 1920s as automobiles became more popular and affordable, requiring better roads. Florida's "Good Roads" program supported a west coast highway. In 1915 the proposed highway became known as the Tamiami Trail, named for its terminal cities Tampa and Miami. The highway opened to traffic on April 25, 1928; since then, millions of motorists have traveled the Tamiami Trail. Following World War II, as more people traveled to Florida, more lodgings became necessary. In the 1950s, the motel (a word combining motor and hotel) became a popular accommodation. Motels tended to be one-story structures located on the outskirts of cities, making them more affordable and appealing, especially to families. With Tamiami Trail (U.S. Highway 41) running through Sarasota and the increase in tourism, several motels were built along Sarasota's North Tamiami Trail (the North Trail), including the Twin Motel.
Over the years, this section of Tamiami Trail (known as the North Trail) lost its pre-eminence. There are plans to revitalize the area by adapting then properties for modern uses while preserving its mid-twentieth century history and charm The Twin Motel exemplifies this concept.
Erected 2015 by Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1950.
Location. 27° 21.218′ N, 82° 32.811′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) and 18th Street, on the right when traveling north on North Tamiami Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1770 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34234, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whitaker Family/Gateway 2000 Executive Committee (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mary Wyatt Whitaker (approx. 0.3 miles away); Whitaker Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crocker Memorial Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bidwell-Wood House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Yellow Bluffs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bay Haven School (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Resting Place of Pioneer Families and Hidden Histories (approx. Ύ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.