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Was There Always a Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Ave? #FlashbackFriday

We’ve talked a lot about the Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Ave closing this week (see this post and this post). Via Twitter, as you can see, it hasn’t always been a Holiday Inn. In fact, the building started out as a Sheraton Inn with a “Beefe ‘n Ale Lounge”. Did you ever eat there?

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No there hasn’t always been a Holiday Inn there or even a Sheraton Inn. Before these ugly monstrosities were built there was a large well kept trailer park for defense workers called ” Temple Trailer Village”. It was owned by the American Trailer Company who made mobile homes back then. I grew up in Temple Trailer Village and have some pics if the blogger would like to post them!

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And my first job was as a handy man (age 14) at the Holiday Inn.