Awesome classic neon sign will be auctioned July 2 at 1130. (KC Star photo)
The White Haven Motor Lodge over in Overland Park has closed and is having an auction of its contents. The motel was a long time fixture in Overland Park, and was just sold two years ago by its original owners. The new owners just couldn't make a go of it, so they closed it. I haven't noted it before now, because it hits a little too close to home for me.
My parents ditched New York and moved to Vermont and opened a country inn. I grew up in that inn, and while I had no interest in being an inn keeper myself, I was very proud of what my parents built. I also worked in and on the inn through my junior high and high school years. After about 30 years, my parents decided to retire and sold the inn. The new owners lasted, maybe three years. The inn is closed now, the buildings bank owned.
So, this news story, that is a little bit of a curiosity to some and the passing of an era to many, hits me just a little deeper. The owners seem pretty at peace with it, although it does have to sting. When you part from your baby, I think you just have to go with the flow. Even if that's not easy.
Link: Landmark Overland Park motel closes after 53 years. The Star has other articles and pictures as well.
Esther White, former owner and Sheila White Berry, her daughter, display a photo from the building of the motel. (KC Star)
More photos after the jump.
A wide view of the front of the motel, from Metcalf Avenue. The pool is in the foreground. (KC Star)
In a picture from a 2007 story on the motel one of the chamber maids cleans a room. Yup, I vacuumed my way through high school, just like this. (KC Star photo)
The Whites visit with former guests that stopped by during the auction today. (KC Star photo)