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Klose In Motel - Aurora Avenue North - Seattle WA

Motor hotel, or a ‘Mo-tel.’

Motels became popular as Americans ventured out

further away from home with the advent of affordable cars in the early 1900s.

‘Motels’ were called by many names, you have your cottage courts,

auto courts, motor courts, lodges, inns and cabins.

Motels, a place to stay where you could drive right up to your room

and unload your car and be home for a night.

Motels generally were located next to major highways.

where potential customers were traveling by.

Their neon signs glowed out into the night, beckoning comfort and rest.

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Here, on Aurora Avenue North (Highway 99) in Seattle,

is the Klose-In Motel.

I loved the brightly lit neon sign and it’s retro look.

Highway 99 (prior to Interstate 5) was the main north-south highway

between the Canada and Mexico, traversing WA, OR and CA.

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I’ve noticed in the last decade or so that many,

of the old motels are disappearing.

Unfortunately, if these old motels have survived they’ve become somewhat seedy

and not the type of place most of us would want for overnight accommodations.

Many often become havens for transient men, women and families who are down on their luck.

The Klose-In is one motel that has survived.

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About 30 years ago, my husband and I were coming home from a driving vacation around the west,

and drove hard to reach the southeastern WA town of Clarkston.

We hit motel row, and my husband chose a rather dubious looking place.

We hit the sack.

The next morning over breakfast in a local cafe,

he told me he’d found a cockroach in the shower in the middle of the night.

Eeeekkkk!

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These days it’s only Best Western for us.

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