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Lit neon at the South Bend Motel

South Bend Motel

On our recent Michigan Road trip, we whizzed right by the South Bend Motel. It was cold, we were tired, and some of the neon was out on this great old sign anyway. Not much new to photograph. So these photos are from earlier road trips. Above, 2009; below, 2007.

South Bend Motel

Fortunately, little has changed (except the non-functioning neon). This little motel has been plugging away here for as long as I can remember. I grew up less than a mile away.

This motel is on the Michigan Road (and Dixie Highway and Old US 31) on South Bend’s south side. It’s always stood alone in this heavily residential neighborhood. Here’s a daylight shot of its sign.

South Bend Motel sign

Online reviews of this place range from “cheap but decent” to “dirty rooms and rude staff.” So if you ever decide to stay, set your expectations accordingly.

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11 thoughts on “Lit neon at the South Bend Motel

    • Looking at it objectively — yes, very odd. I suppose when it was built, the road that ran by it was US 31 and got lots of traffic. All of my life US 31 has bypassed town to the west, and somehow this place continues to eke out an existence.

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  1. Nancy Stewart says:

    We lived about a block from it … it was a very “busy” place for “short stays” … if you know what I mean. I believe there was a murder there many years ago.

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