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Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - Rapid River MI

Address: US-2-41
City: Rapid River
State: MI
Zip: 49878
County: Delta
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I don't like posting entries without street addresses, but sometimes it is unavoidable. I have been down the rabbit hole on this place for 2 hours and came up empty as to the exact location. The description of the location, depending on what you read, was 1/4 mile west of Rapid River, one mile west of Rapid RIver, 1/2 mile west of Rapid River, 1/4 mile southwest of Rapid River, and one mile south of Rapid River. Those all come from the ads and promo materials that can be seen below.

I would assume because the place offered boat services and walleye trolling, it was probably near where the Sall-Mar still sits as of 2023. The Sall Mar and Hi-Ways were separate and distinct as the ads and postcard indicate. There is a small river or creek running through the area where the Sall Mar sits. There is also the Whitefish River down the street but I don't see any structures there that would fit. The odd thing is I cannot spot this place on the historical aerial photos either from 1953 or 1981. The restaurant did exist in 1953 according to the newspaper archives. I have a feeling the motel and Greyhound Bus stop came later.

It could be all of that went up in the 60's and was gone or dramatically altered by 1981. The Hi-Ways was operated by Glen and Mary Harwood in the early days and included the restaurant, motel, gas station and bus stop by the end. The restaurant did survive into the 1970's, not sure about the motel. The other factor in identifying this place is the postcard is an illustration and may not reflect the actual appearance of the motel that accurately.

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Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - Dec 1975 Ad
Dec 1975 Ad
Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - Dec 3 1953 Robbery
Dec 3 1953 Robbery
Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - July 1957 Ad
July 1957 Ad
Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - Mar 3 1964 Ad For Rapid City Rockets
Mar 3 1964 Ad For Rapid City Rockets
Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - Nov 1959 Ad
Nov 1959 Ad
Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - Nov 1959 Article On Bus Stop
Nov 1959 Article On Bus Stop
Hi-Ways Motel and Bar-B-Que Restaurant - Oct 1973 Ad For Sale
Oct 1973 Ad For Sale
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