40 Motel
Columbus, OH

Old Orchard Motel
Fremont, OH

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Like many classic motels, the National Road-aligned 40 Motel in Columbus maintains its grand sign -- the largest neon sign in the city -- through the wonder of grandfathering. Local brahmins may complain, but the swooping arrow that practically sucks tired motorists off the highway stays year after year. Best of all, the 40 continues to entrance motorists with its quirky marquee quotes. Examples: “Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?,” “If the number 2 pencil is so popular, why is it number 2?” and “Don’t sweat petty things and don’t pet sweaty things.” The motel itself occupies a tenuous position along an increasingly urban maze of fast food joints and past-midnight businesses. Step through the lobby though and you’ll meet fine folks all to willing to point out speed traps and suggest a good place to grab a bite.

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All text copyright Andrew Wood. Photos copyright Jenny Wood and Andy Wood.

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