Wiltjer's Shoreline Motel - East Jordan MI

Address: 2549 M-66
City: East Jordan
State: MI
Zip: 49727
County: Charlevoix
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This motel has a tragic history. It goes back to the 1950's or before and was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wiltjer at that time. By the 1980's, the place had changed hands and was being run by William Brondyk and his wife Paula. Tragically, a fire consumed the motel in December of 1985, killing Mr. Brondyk and his son.

Despite the fire in 1985 there were articles in the newspaper archives indicating the motel continued to operate after that. There is not a business operating under this name as of 2023, and the former location is sketchy. An old article listed the place as being at 2549 M-66. That address is not in use today but there are some addresses close to it. I don't feel the structures in the recent aerial photographs match the old postcard but I do believe they are visible on the 1954 aerial.

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Wiltjers Shoreline Motel - Vintage Postcard (newer photo)
Vintage Postcard (newer photo)
Wiltjers Shoreline Motel - Vintage Postcard (newer photo)
Vintage Postcard (newer photo)
Wiltjers Shoreline Motel - 1954 Aerial (newer photo)
1954 Aerial (newer photo)
Wiltjers Shoreline Motel - Aug 1962 Ad (newer photo)
Aug 1962 Ad (newer photo)
Wiltjers Shoreline Motel - Dec 1985 Tragic Fire (newer photo)
Dec 1985 Tragic Fire (newer photo)
Wiltjers Shoreline Motel - May 1985 Name Reserved (newer photo)
May 1985 Name Reserved (newer photo)
Wiltjers Shoreline Motel - Nov 1988 Dog Found (newer photo)
Nov 1988 Dog Found (newer photo)
Wiltjers Shoreline Motel - Oct 1979 Items For Sale (newer photo)
Oct 1979 Items For Sale (newer photo)
Wiltjers Shoreline Motel - Sep 1956 Ad (newer photo)
Sep 1956 Ad (newer photo)
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