Monday, September 10, 2007

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

I like to think that if I won $49 million, I'd do something like this.

Restored Tee Pee Motel brings back a bygone era | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "WHARTON — A bit of American history — quirky and curious, but history nonetheless — huddles next to old Highway 59, past the tractor dealers and the rice mills, just before a green sign that proclaims Wharton's population of 9,237.

It's easy to miss. But it is there, just around the bend: a row of 10 freshly painted, sand-colored tepees.

The Tee Pee Motel, a throwback to the 1940s and '50s, is one of just a handful of tepee-themed lodges left in the country.

For years, however, Wharton's Tee Pee Motel was little more than eleven gutted shells engulfed by a tangle of overgrown weeds and a broken sign that once beckoned guests with neon lights and an image of an American Indian chief.

Then, a diesel mechanic named Bryon Woods won $49 million in the Texas lottery in July 2003."

3 comments:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Neato, but they look more like tents from a Prince Valiant movie than tipis (or tee pees, or tepees).

Bill Crider said...

I used to see places like that when I was a kid. Some of them looked a little more like what they were supposed to be. But not much.

Benjie said...

Looks like a cross between a tepee and a wigwam to me.