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Wigwam Lodge [gone]
Tempe, AZ
The Wigwam Lodge was also known as the "Wigwam Auto Court" and the "Tempe Tee Pees". It offered a swimming pool, shuffleboard and trailer court. The teepee cabins had kitchenettes. They were the only known two-story teepees ever built and were among the few last remaining examples of true roadside architecture in AZ. They were 35 feet tall and 23 feet in diameter.

By the mid-1960s, the Lodge was converted into apartments. Then half the buildings were demolished in 1971 to make room for a fast food restaurant. In 1982, the teepees were sold to Arizona State University. The remaining three units were bulldozed in 1983. For more, see this website.

Indiana Teepee Lodging:
South Bend [vintage; gone]

Indian Village
Lawrence, KS
The Indian Village featured cabins, a gas station, and a restaurant with "dining and dancing". The central teepee was built in 1928 by Frank W. McDonald. It is 50 feet tall and 33 feet in diameter. The first floor had restrooms and Indian artifacts. The second floor was used as a living space. Gas pumps were located in front of the building. The attendants were local Indian boys dressed in tribal attire. In 1935, McDonald added a dance hall and beer garden. There were also 14 smaller teepees laid out in a semicircle around the taller teepee which have been destroyed. Other locations were planned but never built. McDonald's Indian Village predated Redford's Wigwam Villages.

The gas pumps were removed sometime after the mid-1970s. The building with the two smaller teepees shown in the bottom rows above was used as the complex's restaurant. In 2008, this building and the teepee were repainted. They were still vacant when these photos were taken in 2010. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. [map]

Tepee Campground
Mandeville, LA
The Tepee Campground at Fontainebleau State Park appears to be from the 1960s. Once used by Scouts and other organizations, this complex has been closed for many years. Although the buildings have been scheduled for demolition for awhile, they were still there when these photos were taken in 2010. The buildings apparently sustained hurricane damage in 2012. However, I believe they are still there as of 2014. [map]

Mac's Indian Village
Cherokee, NC
Mac's Indian Village was built in 1934, one year after the Wigwam Village in Mammoth Cave, KY which was probably the inspiration. Mac's had 16 different sized cabins with 12 foot tall three-dimensional teepees installed in front of them. The business has opened and closed many times but I believe it is currently open. The place is owned by the Qualla Motel just down the road. By 2013, there were only four of these teepee entrances left. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Nebraska Teepee Lodging:
Hastings [vintage; gone]

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