The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3

The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3

Preface:  Hopefully you’ve been following along in this series.  If you’re new, the quick rundown:  I fancy myself the “caretaker” of the Tower Hotel Courts in Dallas, even though it has been demolished for many years. 

I was recently contacted by a stranger, Angelia McDaniel, who has ephemera from “my” motel.  Her parents, John Dennis Rush, Jr. and Letha Floyace Grimes Rush stayed at the Tower Hotel Courts for their honeymoon in 1955.  This initial contact with Angelia was the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.  While one can find pieces of ephemera for sale at antique stores or online, having the personal stories tied to the pieces makes it even more fascinating.  Angelia has been very gracious in sharing her family’s stories.  We’ve had a blast going down various rabbit holes during our research.  

Part 3 showcases the journey from the wedding ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls to the Tower Hotel Courts in Dallas.  As Angelia describes it, the “Honeymoon Road Trip”.  Continue reading The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3

Exploring History on Harry Hines Blvd.

There’s a conspicuous blue building on Harry Hines Blvd.  I drive by it daily.  Its sign has big unmistakable letters identifying it far and wide.  And in case there’s any doubt, there’s also a large beckoning banner: Open to the Public. Now before you panic and wonder what type of business on Harry Hines Blvd I’m speaking of, I’ll identify it.  It’s Janitor’s World. Aside from my dreamy imaginings of a building full of cleaning supplies, this place has an even more compelling reason to attract my attention. History! The building started out as the Star Lite Rollercade. Click the … Continue reading Exploring History on Harry Hines Blvd.