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The Gardens Motel (Garden Motel) - Plainwell MI

Address: 731 10th St
City: Plainwell
State: MI
Zip: 49080
County: Allegan
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Update Sept 14 2023: I believe I have located where the Gardens was. I was actually trying to find another attraction and spotted the old motel on the 1955 aerial photograph. The shape of the building and driveway matches up. It appears the building on the lot is being used for apartments and may or may not be a remodeled version of the old motel structure.

A submitter named Jim Cance has given me some good information on this. There is a Comfort Inn in Plainwell so there is a motel in town. The Gardens was apparently north of town, perhaps on M-89. That got me curious so I renewed my research and found the name of the owner which was Leslie Froman. The 1950 Census indicated he owned a variety store also at that time. I also found a yearbook ad and another postcard.

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Info Updates:
5/2/2023 - Jim Cance
Not sure where the M-43 location came from. Perhaps it is because a portion of M-89 is now designated M-43/M-89. At the time the Gardens Motel was in operation, M-43 did not go through or near Plainwell. It was not all that close to the 131 Drive in Theatre which was south of town. If I remember correctly, it was north of town. I can put you in touch with someone who knows this better than I Also, there is a currently one motel in Plainwell - the Comfort Inn. Apparently there are plans for another.
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The Gardens Motel (Garden Motel) - Old Postcard View (newer photo)
Old Postcard View (newer photo)
The Gardens Motel (Garden Motel) - Old Postcard View (newer photo)
Old Postcard View (newer photo)
The Gardens Motel (Garden Motel) - Old Postcard View (newer photo)
Old Postcard View (newer photo)
The Gardens Motel (Garden Motel) - 1953 Plainwell High School Yearbook Photo (newer photo)
1953 Plainwell High School Yearbook Photo (newer photo)
The Gardens Motel (Garden Motel) - 1955 Aerial (newer photo)
1955 Aerial (newer photo)
The Gardens Motel (Garden Motel) - Jan 7 1953 Article On Owner (newer photo)
Jan 7 1953 Article On Owner (newer photo)
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