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March 2016

Trader Mort’s

2904 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego

Established: 1965
Status: Still exists

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California Hotel

5th and E Sts, San Bernardino
The hotel was located next to
Pioneer Park , the first park in San Bernardino. 

Established: 1927
Demolished: 1985

California Hotel - San Bernardino

“CALIFORNIA HOTEL
Rooms and apartments, is San Bernardino’s
newest and finest. It is centrally located
adjacent to a beautiful city park. Excellent
service at moderate rates.”

 

Ben Hur Racer

Ocean Park (Santa Monica)

The roller coaster opened in 1914 as part of the rebuilt Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier, which had been destroyed by fire in 1912. However, the same fate would meet the Ben Hur Racer, which was destroyed by fire a mere year after it opened.

The novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace, was published in 1880 and became the best selling novel in US history–a status held until 1936.  It was first adapted for the movies in 1907.  The first feature length version came in 1925, with the 1959 adaptation starring Charlton Heston the most famous and successful, culminating with a Best Picture win at the Academy Awards.

Ben Hur Racer

“BEN HUR RACES
(Over the Sea on Santa Monica Bay)
OCEAN PARK CALIFORNIA
The safest, fastest and most
exhilarating ride ever
constructed”

Argonaut Hotel

4th & Market, San Francisco
Status:  Assuming the trolley car in the postcard is on Market St, it looks like this structure was torn down and a replaced with an office building. 

Argonaut Hotel - SF

“HOTEL ARGONAUT
GREETINGS
FROM CALIFORNIA’S
MOST POPULAR HOTEL
OWNED AND SPONSORED BY
THE SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA
PIONEERS
Rates: $1.00 to $3.00 per day
EDWARD ROLKIN, GENERAL MANAGER
LEONARD J. MURPHY, MANAGER”

El Rancho Motel

6604 Dunsmuir Ave, Dunsmuir (formerly US 99)
Established: 1947

AKA:
Oak Tree Inn
Dunsmuir Lodge (currently)

El Rancho Motel - Dunsmuir

“EL RANCHO MOTEL, Dunsmuir, Calif. 12 Modern
Units equipped with tile showers and Beauty Rest
Mattresses. New Furnishings throughout.
AAA Approved.”

Bruno’s Motor Lodge

2050 Fremont St., Monterey
There is now a Comfort Inn at this location.  It may be the same structure but it is unclear.

Bruno's Motor Lodge -Monterey

“BRUNO’S
Motor Lodge
2050 Fremont Street, Monterey, California
Phone 2-0453 for Reservations
The newest, most ultra modern motel on the Monterey
Peninsula (gold capital of the world). Complete with
tiled showers, thermostatic heat, and choice of tiled or
wall to wall carpeted floors. Radios in every room.
Elevated for a sure restful sleep. A.A.A. approved.”

Barcelona Apartment Hotel

326 Juniper St., San Diego
Established: 1923
Still exists as apartments.
Architect: Eugene Hoffman

Barcelona Hotel - SD

“The Barcelona located two blocks from Balboa Park,
famed for its Roof Garden and Solarium with beautiful
Marine and Mountain View. Golf Green and Garage on
Grounds. Cafe. Steam Heat. Rooms with Bath by the Day
and Apartments by Month or Year.”

Barcelona Hotel parlor - SD

Sun Parlor

Hotel Alessandro

E. Florida Ave & S. Slate St, Hemet
Established: 1926
Demolished: 1953
Named after a character from Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona

Hotel Alessandro-Hemet

Arroyo Motor Inn

400 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena
AKA: Pasadena Inn (currently)

Arroyo Motor Hotel - Pasadena

“ARROYO MOTOR INN
400 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, California
Telephone: SYcamore 5-8401  TWX: PASA CAL 7251
Pasadena’s Finest Motor Hotel
Cocktail Lounge – Restaurant – Banquet Facilities.  Meeting
Rooms – 24 Hr. Services – Fully Air-conditioned.”

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