Levering Motel (Gale's Motel) - Levering MI

Address: 5692 US-31
City: Levering
State: MI
Zip: 49755
County: Emmet
Number of visits to this page: 252
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General Information:

This motel is permanently closed as of 2022 according to Google. This motel, formerly known as the Gale Motel or Gale's Motel depending on which article you read, was built in 1950 by Juanita and Gale Coffin. The article stated it was built on the "log cabin corner" of US-31 and Cheboygan Rd which is M-66. The current location of the Levering Motel fits that description. The general look is the same but some remodeling and reconfiguration was done over the years.

Gale Coffin passed away in 1969. Interestingly, the place was "destroyed by fire" in 1972. The news article clearly shows what was once called Gale's Motel as the structure and awnings match perfectly. By that time, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Howard were running the place. Somewhere along the way the place was restored to full operation after that and renamed the Levering Motel. It appears a small addition was added, extending the front wing. The sign was moved to accommodate that.

This motel was in the news in 1961 as one of the guests, a 16 year old boy, was accused of murder. He left a thank-you note for Mrs. Coffin as she had allowed him to spend the night free of charge because he only had 9 dollars on him. The handwriting on the note was compared to an earlier sample and it was identified as being his. Several Michigan residents spotted the suspect as he was on the run from Holland MI where had allegedly shot 2 young girls, 11 and 12 years old. He was eventually apprehended in South Dakota and returned to Michigan for trial.

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Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - OLD POSTCARD SHOTS
OLD POSTCARD SHOTS
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - OLD POSTCARD SHOTS
OLD POSTCARD SHOTS
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - 2019 STREET VIEW
2019 STREET VIEW
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - GUEST PHOTOS
GUEST PHOTOS
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - GUEST PHOTOS
GUEST PHOTOS
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - GUEST PHOTOS
GUEST PHOTOS
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - GUEST PHOTOS
GUEST PHOTOS
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - GUEST PHOTOS
GUEST PHOTOS
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - GUEST PHOTOS
GUEST PHOTOS
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - STREET VIEW OF CORNER
STREET VIEW OF CORNER
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - LEVERING MOTEL 1999
LEVERING MOTEL 1999
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - MARCH 1972 ARTICLE ON FIRE
MARCH 1972 ARTICLE ON FIRE
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - 1969 DEATH NOTICE FOR OWNER OF GALE MOTEL
1969 DEATH NOTICE FOR OWNER OF GALE MOTEL
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - 1972 SNOWMOBILE CLUB
1972 SNOWMOBILE CLUB
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - 1995 DEATH NOTICE FOR GALE MOTEL OWNER
1995 DEATH NOTICE FOR GALE MOTEL OWNER
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - 1999 NOTICE OF REGISTERED NAME
1999 NOTICE OF REGISTERED NAME
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - JULY 1950 ARTICLE ON OPENING
JULY 1950 ARTICLE ON OPENING
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - 1959 ARTICLE ON ROAD CLOSING
1959 ARTICLE ON ROAD CLOSING
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - 1961 ARTICLE ON SLAYING
1961 ARTICLE ON SLAYING
Levering Motel (Gales Motel) - MAY 1961 ARTICLE ON MURDER SUSPECT
MAY 1961 ARTICLE ON MURDER SUSPECT
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