A Slice of America

Wall, South Dakota, USA

Wall, South Dakota, USA

Motel: Motorists’ Hotel refers to an establishment which provides lodging and parking and in which the rooms are usually accessible from an outdoor parking area. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

The word motel first appeared in 1926 (the “Milestone Mo-Tel” in San Luis Obispo, California). The history of the motel is directly linked to America’s love of the car culture, which began with the first affordable car, the Model T. The automobile and the freedom it represented and provided touched the American spirit of adventure, individualism and exploration.


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