Tyler Texas Postcard Collection: East Texas Motels and Hotels


Bell's Tourist Camp, Texarkana, Texas

Postcards represent yet another media, in addition to text, stories and photographs, that enables us to visualize, and remember, the past.

Knowing the value that such cards possess in documenting the past of Tyler and East Texas, we have assembled a small collection of historic postcards, and present them on this website.

Thus, this section attempts to build a more complete collection depicting the architecture of Tyler and East Texas during the first 50-60 years of the 20th Century. It is hoped that its availability will provide another media contributing to the enjoyment and edification of those of you with East Texas connections.

We all know about the Blackstone Hotel in Tyler, and its dominance in the downtown area for decades. And we are familiar with the modern motel chains that are offered around Tyler today.

In the 1930s, as automobiles became a more dominant and affordable means of transportation, tourist courts were built, offering the privacy and comfort of a one-room accommodation. Whether they were called courts, cottages, cabins, or lodges, they offered similar amenities.

Gradually a newer, but similar, concept evolved: the motel, between an auto tourist camp and the traditional downtown hotel.

Westward Ho Motor Lodge and Cafe, U.S. Highway 80, Grand Saline, Texas
Westward Ho Motor Lodge and Cafe, U.S. Highway 80, Grand Saline, Texas

Dun Wandrin Motel, Rusk, Texas
Dun Wandrin Motel, Rusk, Texas

Sunrise Courts, 517 E. Broad St, Mineola, Texas, on Highway 80
Sunrise Courts, 517 E. Broad St, Mineola, Texas, on Highway 80

Bel-Air Motel, Marshall, Texas
Bel-Air Motel, Marshall, Texas

Longhorn Motel, Marshall, Texas
Longhorn Motel, Marshall, Texas

Bell's Tourist Camp, Texarkana, Texas
Bell's Tourist Camp, Texarkana, Texas

Liberty Hotel, Jacksonville, Texas
Liberty Hotel, Jacksonville, Texas

Woodlawn Hills Court, Henderson, Texas
Woodlawn Hills Court, Henderson, Texas

Hillcrest Motel, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Hillcrest Motel, Mt. Pleasant, Texas

Continental Inn, Nacogdoches, Texas
Continental Inn, Nacogdoches, Texas

Henderson Motel, Marshall, Texas
Henderson Motel, Marshall, Texas

Booth's Tourist Court, Longview, Texas, on U.S. 80
"Center of Largest Oil Field in the World"
90 modern cottages - free radio - fans & garage - reasonable rates - second guest free
(from the collection of the author)
Booth's Tourist Court, Longview, Texas, on U.S. 80, in the center of the largest oil field in the world

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