Holiday Inn Anniston-Oxford - Oxford, Alabama

Postcard Description:

On Interstate 20 Where “U.S. 431 & Ala. 21 meet U.S. 78” Swimming Pool - Air-conditioned - Restaurant - Free TV - Free Holidex Reservations

1965 Guide Description and map

Notes:

A fairly standard early 1960s Holiday Inn design. The postcard shows the Great Sign, the exterior layout, cars in the parking lot,  a restaurant (not sure the name-can’t find it anywhere) and a very early photocropping job of the sky. You can see it in the lines on the tress and the majestic splendor of nature’s blurs.

The card is from a few years before the guide based on the cars.

Now:

The property went through a few changes, but I am pretty sure that this is the location. The exterior was painted, the Holiday Inn signage on the building gone and the sign has the all the marking of the 80s Holiday Inn signs that replaced the GREAT sign. The property fell on hard times and became, at one point, Oxford Inn and Suites.

Here’s an aerial photograph dated January 7, 2004. (thanks to Google Earth) It’s difficult to tell if it is still a Holiday Inn or not. It has the trade mark lay-out. 

An undated, but probably 2012 aerial photo of the property being torn down

The final aerial view taken on November 28, 2012 shows only the outline of the motel.

There’s an empty field and a Bojangles on the current site.There is a newer Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites just down 431 on Colonial Drive.

Bekkah. 22. Originally from Texas but graduating from Auburn (that’s our beautiful campus faded in the background!) in a few days, then moving wherever I can get a job! I’ve gotta get some practice in making new friends again!

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Alabama’s medical marijuana bill may not be dead after all

(AL) After receiving dozens of emails and phone calls from medical marijuana proponents, a key Alabama senator says the bill isn’t necessarily dead.

Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hill, said he hasn’t changed his viewpoint. He is still against medical marijuana legislation, but on Tuesday he said he would poll members of the rules committee.

The chairman of the rules committee told AL.com last week that medical marijuana legislation was dead; he wouldn’t allow it to be discussed on the Senate floor.

Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, said medical marijuana legislation is too broad to be debated on the Senate floor this year.

“The bill that is before us opens the door way wider than just medical marijuana,” the rules committee member told AL.com today.

The 25 medical conditions outlined in the bill “are pretty broad in scope,” he said, and would cause for misuse of the drug.  Pittman said he came to that conclusion after speaking with physicians and with colleagues in the Senate.