A very successful fundraising raffle for Sarah's House Victim Center was be held. Many local merchants donated goods and services as prizes.
Desert Sands Stained Glass has created a series of custom "Hill Top Motel 50 Year Anniversary" collectable glassware. A small amount of this glassware is available for sale, and is on display in the Hill Top Motel lobby.
The Hill Top Motel also created a commemorative 50th anniversary T-shirt. Currently available sizes include large, XL, and XXL. These items are available for sale in the motel lobby.
Many Route 66 aficionados, from across the nation, have contributed Hill Top Motel historical memorabilia, including photographs and postcards. Images of these items appear on the Hill Top Motel's SMATV (motel TV -- channel) system.
On June 12th, the Hill Top Motel owners hosted a party around the pool area, complete with refreshments and a classic car show. For one day, the Hill Top motel returned to the look of a bygone era as dozens of restored classic vehicles -- ranging from a 1932 Ford Roadster to a 1955 Chevy Pickup truck graced the parking lot. We were also privileged to have present two prior owners of the Hill Top. Marge Geherke and her son Scott were present, along with Eileen and Robert Budd.
Note, the message displayed on the Motel sign is based on what one might have seen on the sign way back then. (ADD SIGN MESSAGE)
2004 marked the 50th year that the Hill Top Motel has been in existance. Even after all these years, the Motel looks about the same as it did in 1954 when it first opened for business. The trees are taller (except for a few that have been replaced), and the rooms now have television, updated air conditioners (the original units have been replaced with efficient modern units), refrigerators, microwave ovens, and hair driers -- and there is a swimming pool -- but everything still looks about the same. The owners and staff work diligently to maintain the property.
Despite the arrival of Sputnik, the Beatles, desktop and laptop computers, and cell phones; the Hill Top Motel has hung onto the relaxed atmosphere of a small western town. When you stay overnight at the Hill Top, you still feel like the 1950's, where you won't worry about tomorrow until tomorrow arrives. On a balmy evening, it is pleasant just to sit in front of your room and watch the evening unfold.
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