Thursday, October 2, 2014

Before It Disappears - Tumble Inn

Tumble Inn
Powder River, WY
September 2014
Powder River is a small, dying town, but it used to have two restaurants, a motel, a gas station, etc. Now all that remains is an elementary school, a post office and some private homes.

I can't recall ever going inside the Tumble Inn, but it used to be quite a hopping place, the only "watering hole" between Shoshoni and Casper. It closed about 15 - 20 years ago, but it remains alongside the highway as a reminder of days gone by.

Last week, I stopped to take a photo before it disappears or lives up to its name and actually "tumbles in."


Another popular pit-stop in Powder River in the 50s and 60s for teetotalers was Romeo and Juliet's, a restaurant located just to the east of the Tumble Inn. It was a good place to stop for a meal, a cup of coffee, or a piece of pie on the journey home. Romeo and Juliet's was leveled either in the 70s or 80s.


11 comments:

  1. Yes, that's been a familiar sight for decades! It's looking pretty shabby, eh? I'd hate to see in "tumble in."

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  2. Have you heard of Charles Phoenix? http://www.charlesphoenix.com/ He collects slides--mainly from the 50s and 60s--and puts together various slide shows highlighting architecture of that time. He would love to see this!

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  3. It's always sad to see these buildings just falling apart. But don't you just imagine what it was like in its hayday? Thanks for capturing a little history. We see similar sites all over the country don't we?

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  4. A piece of Americana that will probably not last long. I love the humor of the sign --- sort of like the Dew Drop Inn.

    Our local historic museum is trying to purchase signs from iconic Orlando businesses that no longer exist. The local Pontiac dealer had quite a sign back in the day.

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  5. Interesting post Nancy. At least they are not lit on fire ! Tumble Inn is a darling name

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  6. Fun post, Nancy! Times do change things, eh?

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  7. I love those wonderful restaurants and lounges of the past. Today's just aren't the same! Thanks for sharing these memories.

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  8. So much character. So sad that sooner or later, it will be gone completely.

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  9. We saw the Tumble inn as we were driving to Yellowstone. Would have love to see it when it as a "going concern".

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  10. Saw the Tumble Inn last summer as we went through there. Neat looking place!

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