A motel or motor lodge is a hotel designed for motorists and has a parking area for motor vehicles. Entering dictionaries after World War II, the word motel, coined as a portmanteau contraction of "motor hotel", originates from the Milestone Mo-Tel of San Luis Obispo, built in 1925; the term referred to a type of hotel consisting of a single building of connected rooms whose doors faced a parking lot and in some circumstances, a common area or a series of small cabins with common parking. Motels are individually owned, though motel chains do exist; as large highway systems began to be developed in the 1920s, long-distance road journeys became more common, the need for inexpensive accessible overnight accommodation sites close to the main routes led to the growth of the motel concept. Motels peaked in popularity in the 1960s with rising car travel, only to decline in response to competition from the newer chain hotels that became commonplace at highway interchanges as traffic was bypassed onto newly constructed freeways.

Several historic motels are listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Motels differ from hotels in their location along highways, as opposed to the urban cores favored by hotels, their orientation to the outside. Motels by definition include a parking lot, while older hotels were not built with automobile parking in mind; because of their low-rise construction, the number of rooms which would fit on any given amount of land was low compared to the high-rise urban hotels which had grown around train stations. This was not an issue in an era where the major highways became the main street in every town along the way and inexpensive land at the edge of town could be developed with motels, car dealerships, fuel stations, lumber yards, amusement parks, roadside diners, drive-in restaurants and countless other small roadside businesses; the automobile brought mobility and the motel could appear anywhere on the vast network of two-lane highways. Motels are constructed in an "I"-, "L"-, or "U"-shaped layout that includes guest rooms.

A motel was single-story with rooms opening directly onto a parking lot, making it easy to unload suitcases from a vehicle. A second story, if present, would face onto a balcony served by multiple stairwells; the post-war motels in the early 1950s to late 1960s, sought more visual distinction featuring eye-catching colorful neon signs which employed themes from popular culture, ranging from Western imagery of cowboys and Indians to contemporary images of spaceships and atomic era iconography. U. S. Route 66 is the most popular example of the "neon era". Many of these signs remain in use to this day. In some motels, a handful of rooms would be larger and contain kitchenettes or apartment-like amenities. Rooms with connecting doors commonly appeared in both hotels and motels. A few motels would offer "honeymoon suites" with extra amenities such as whirlpool baths; the first campgrounds for automobile tourists were constructed in the late 1910s. Before that, tourists who couldn't afford to stay in a hotel either slept in their cars or pitched their tents in fields alongside the road.

These were called auto camps. The modern campgrounds of the 1920s and 1930s provided running water, picnic grounds, restroom facilities. Auto camps predated motels by a few years, established in the 1920s as primitive municipal camp sites where travelers pitched their own tents; as demand increased, for-profit commercial camps displaced public camp grounds. Until the first travel trailers became available in the 1930s, auto tourists adapted their cars by adding beds, makeshift kitchens and roof decks; the next step up from the travel trailer was the cabin camp, a primitive but permanent group of structures. During the Great Depression, landholders whose property fronted onto highways built cabins to convert unprofitable land to income; the buildings for a roadside motel or cabin court were quick and simple to construct, with plans and instructions available in how-to and builder's magazines. Expansion of highway networks continued unabated through the depression as governments attempted to create employment but the roadside cabin camps were primitive just auto camps with small cabins instead of tents.

The 1935 City Directory for San Diego, lists "motel"-type accommodations under tourist camps. One could stay in the Depression-era cabin camps for less than a dollar per night but small comforts were few and far between. Travelers in search of modern amenities soon would find them at cottage courts and tourist courts; the price was higher but the cabins had electricity, indoor bathrooms, a private garage or carport. They were arranged in a U-shape; these camps were part of a larger complex containing a filling station, a café, sometimes a convenience store. Facilities like the Rising Sun Auto Camp in Glacier National Park and Blue Bonnet Court in Texas were "mom-and-pop" facilities on the outskirts of towns that were as quirky as their owners. Auto camps continued in popularity thr

Voodoo Shoppe

Voodoo Shoppe is the tenth release and the seventh studio release of Cowboy Mouth. Cowboy Mouth has associated themselves quite with the city of New Orleans and the music scene in that city. Voodoo Shoppe was the first album produced by the band after Hurricane Katrina, generated a fair bit of interest in the album because of this. Two songs and The Avenue address the diaspora after Hurricane Katrina, as well as pledging to return to New Orleans to rebuild. Portions of the proceeds were donated to Renew Our Music. John Thomas Griffith sits upon their board, they performed Voodoo Shoppe as part of Starz' New Orleans Music in Exile documentary. During an interview for that show, Fred LeBlanc admitted to not being able to move home, saying, "I live in the tour bus. We all live in the tour bus." The song "This Much Fun" was featured in the trailer for Meet the Robinsons, but not used in the actual movie or on the soundtrack album. Joe Strummer - 3:35 Misty Falls - 3:26 Winds Me Up - 3:33 Hole In My Heart - 3:57 Voodoo Shoppe - 3:54 Slow Down - 3:36 This Much Fun - 2:45 Supersonic - 2:35 I Told Ya - 3:17 Home - 3:12 Glad To Be Alive - 3:34 The Avenue - 3:55 "The Avenue" "Joe Strummer" Fred LeBlanc - drums, lead vocals John Thomas Griffith - guitar, vocals Sonia Tetlow - bass guitar Paul Sanchez - guitar

Poplar Creek Public Library District

Poplar Creek Public Library District is a public library in Illinois, United States which serves residents of Streamwood, Hanover Park, Elgin and Bartlett. Created by a 1966 referendum in Streamwood, it has one main Streamwood facility and one Hanover Park branch, it serves 66,000 residents, though many of its towns are served only in-part by Poplar Creek, with other residents being patrons of the Schaumburg Township District Library, Gail Borden Public Library District, or the Bartlett Public Library District. Poplar Creek Library became a United States Federal and State document depository in 1980, its collection contains 160,000 books 19,000 other items. It is a member of the DuPage Library System. In 2009, an expansion and renovation of the facility was designed by Lonn Frye and AJ Rosales of Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects; this expanded facility has been the recipient of a 2009 GE Edison Award of Merit, a 2010 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award for Interior Architecture, it was awarded the title of #1 New Landmark Library in May 2011 by Library Journal Magazine.

The Sonya Crawshaw Branch Library in Hanover Park was renovated and expanded in 2013. Itasca, IL based. DuPage Library System "Poplar Creek Public Library District". Find-It! Illinois. Accessed 2 March 2005. "Libraries, Illinois". Village of Streamwood, 30 September 2004. "Libraries, Hanover Park, Illinois". Village of Hanover Park, 28 February 2005. "Streamwood Libraries and Schools". Streamwood Chamber of Commerce. Accessed 2 March 2005. Poplar Creek Public Library, its official website Young Adult Book Blog