Roadside America

Another book I need to buy from Taschen is Roadside America by John Margolies. Similar in style to Los Angeles, and very obviously my type of vibe, the book covers everything from “main Street signs, movie theaters, gas stations, fast food restaurants, motels, roadside attractions, miniature golf courses, dinosaurs, giant figures and animals, and fantasy coastal resorts.” You know who else would love this book? Mr. Aaron Draplin.

Some great imagery from Roadside America is below. Enjoy.

Thunderbird Restaurant Sign, Mount Carmel, Utah, 1987

Western Holiday Motel, Wichita, Kansas, 1993
The Donut Hole, La Puente, California, 1991
San Pedro Drive-in Theatre, San Pedro, California, 1979
Super Sonic Car Wash, Billings, Montana, 1980
Old Jail Billboard, Saint Augustine, Florida, 1979
Leaning Tower of Niles YMCA, Niles, Illinois, 2003
Club Cafe, Santa Rosa, New Mexico, 1987

All photos by John Margolies.

Comments on “Roadside America

    Caroline, No.on April 8, 2010 @ 11:13 AM:

    Wow. That drive-in is a thing of total beauty.

    Samon April 8, 2010 @ 11:38 AM:

    wonder if mike watt and d.boon ever caught a movie at the san pedro drive in

    Samon April 8, 2010 @ 12:17 PM:

    My wife LOVES this kind of stuff. You just helped me pick out her birthday present. Thanks!!!

    israelon April 8, 2010 @ 12:28 PM:

    from spain

    Paulon April 8, 2010 @ 12:37 PM:

    Love this sort of thing. Great color too! Here in Florida I keep an eye out along some of the major North/South U.S. routes for interesting signage.

    brohammason April 8, 2010 @ 1:12 PM:

    As one who lives on the road I love this stuff and actually think I have stayed at a couple of those places.
    Makes me think I should do domething with that hard drive full of road images I have lying around.

    Samon April 8, 2010 @ 7:26 PM:

    I’ve been to “Thunderbirds” and did have one of their ho-made pies. It’s a great place! If you want to visit both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park then you should stay in Kanab. It’s a small town in between both parks and on the way to Zion you can stop at Thunderbirds which is right at the junction.

    Brohammason April 8, 2010 @ 7:34 PM:

    As a Utah Native I would say stay in Virgin. Just as convenient, funnier name.

    the_passengeron April 8, 2010 @ 7:58 PM:

    I have a copy of Pump and Circumstance by the same author. And when I was a kid, maybe eight or nine, we took a family car trip from Rhode Island to various points in Florida, and I remember going to the Old Jail.

    H. Roarkon April 8, 2010 @ 8:14 PM:

    Im sure this book is nice but anyone looking for a further insight into America’s road side heritage should check out Robert Venturi’s work.

    Fjorderon April 8, 2010 @ 10:34 PM:

    saw that the author is doing an event at the Taschen NY store Wednesday, April 14th @6:00pm.

    Sam’s comment was great – ‘wonder if mike watt and d.boon ever caught a movie at the san pedro drive in,’ I thought of the Minutemen as well as soon as I read San Pedro.

    lineage of influenceon April 9, 2010 @ 7:19 AM:

    3 minute Super Sonic Car Wash? Now that’s advertising! I wish we had stuff like this in the UK.

    damon palbloon April 9, 2010 @ 1:07 PM:

    great images. i grew up in los angeles and went to the san pedro drive in theatre a few times. keep up the good work, looking forward to seeing more. dp.

    Wrecked Stellaron April 9, 2010 @ 10:26 PM:

    I love the Donut Hole! Next time I’m in Illinois I’m going to go venture over to the Leaning Tower!

    Road Warrioron April 10, 2010 @ 9:23 PM:

    If you think this is nice (and it is), you should check out their iPhone app! I just spotted the Donut Hole in there.

    Chris Kon April 19, 2010 @ 7:57 PM:

    I’ve been to Thunderbird too. It’s attached to an AMAZING motel. Spend the night and have breakfast in the morning before entering Zion. Fantastic American experience.

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