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Near Norwich in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Motels

The Historic National Road in Ohio

 
 
Motels Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 7, 2016
1. Motels Marker
Inscription.  
As motorized transportation developed, motels of all sizes became a fixture along the National Road. Automobile travel in the early 1900s was often an adventure. Overnight accommodations, in the form of hotels, were concentrated in urban centers, with few choices available in rural areas. Many landowners developed facilities for tourists. These “auto camps” provided extra conveniences such as picnic tables, flush toilets, showers and electrical hookups. As more people took to the highways and enterprising business people discovered that travelers were willing to pay for comfort, alternatives to tent and trailer camping developed. As accommodations evolved, “tourist” courts offered privacy of individual cabins. Tourist homes were private homes in which bedrooms were rented to tourists and travelers.

After World War II, tourist courts slipped in popularity, supplanted by the motel (“motor hotel”). The motel was new, modern and had an efficient design that less was expensive to construct and maintain. In 1956, the advent of the Interstate highway system prompted the decline of the “mom and pop” motels. Today, many of the individually
Motels Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 7, 2016
2. Motels Marker
Full view of marker; another in the extensive series of "Interpretive Signs" on the Historic National Road in Ohio
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owned motels remain along older highways like the National Road.
 
Erected 2014 by The Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the The Historic National Road series list.
 
Location. 39° 58.605′ N, 81° 49.368′ W. Marker is near Norwich, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker is on Old National Road (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling east. In front of the Baker’s Motel Norwich, Ohio; east of exit 164, off I-70. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8855 East Pike, Norwich OH 43767, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Historic National Road (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mile Markers (about 500 feet away); The Historic National Road in Ohio (about 500 feet away); Zane’s Trace Bridge (about 500 feet away); Warren Pony Truss Bridge (about 500 feet away); Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier (about 500 feet away); Norwich (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Ralph Hardesty Stone House (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
 
Additional keywords. Old National
Motels Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 7, 2016
3. Motels Marker
Marker can be seen at a distance, in front of the Baker Motel; a "classic" National Road Motel
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 1, 2022