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1949 Aztec Hotel

1949 Aztec Hotel

My father and I are in the picture in front of the gas pump on the right in 1949 when I was five. The Aztec Hotel with its memorable soda fountain was about half way between Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario and Duluth, MN. The main highway is 61 and the turn off at the Aztec is Hwy 1. You would turn here to go to Ely, MN. This drive along Lake Superior is noted for its exquisite scenery. We traveled many times from Fort William to Duluth and Minneapolis on the Greyhound when I was a child. This place burned down many years ago but I remember it well as the Greyhound rest stop with the best cherry cokes around. View full size.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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