Years ago, hotels were located near the town center or in rural resorts to accommodate those who had come to town for a visit. Then came the invention of the automobile, which revolutionized the way that people travel. Since cars were becoming more affordable, people began to say “goodbye, stinky horse and buggy. Goodbye, restrictive passenger trains, and hello sleek, get-me-where-I-want-when-I-want automobile.” Okay, maybe not those exact words, but I’m sure somebody was thinking them.
With the dramatic increase in automobile ownership and the rapid construction of paved highways, entrepreneurs began to witness the birth of a new market–vehicular oriented services. Up popped the gas stations, the drive trough restaurants, and the motor hotel, or motel for short.
These types of businesses were located all along Highway 80. They included the Tarrymore Motel, the Drake Motel, the Alamo and the Redwood Tourist Court & Cafe.
Speaking of Redwood Court, that’s the answer to today’s trivia! The Jackson Historic Resources Survey describes Redwood as follows:
The Redwood Tourist Court and Cafe is a complex of one stroy buildings located just north of Battlefield Park on the northeast corner of Terry Road and West Porter Street…The Redwood Court became famous for its “trophy room” which was located adjacent to the cafe. This museum contained a large gun collection and wall mounted game and fish trophies.
Redwood Court closed its doors in the 1990s.
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