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Indian Village Motor Lodge [gone]
Cheyenne, WY
Wigwam Lodge [gone]
Tempe, AZ
The Indian Village Motor Lodge was a motor court with a central giant teepee, probably built in the 1930s. Does anyone know more about it? [photo thanks Larry Burda]

The Wigwam Lodge was an auto court built in 1945 on the Mesa Highway by Maurice Barth. Barth also built the Holbrook Wigwam Village in Holbrook, AZ. The layout was very much the same and it's not clear which he built first. The teepees were wood frame covered with stucco.

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.

Tee Pee Motel
Wharton, TX
The Tee Pee Motel was built in 1942 as part of Belcher's Courts. It features eleven wood and stucco teepees. The teepees were abandoned in the 1980s. In 2006, the sign and teepees were restored and the motel reopened. These photos are from 2011. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [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]

Indian Village Campground
Seneca Rocks, WV
The Indian Village Campground is part of Yokum's Vacationland. These teepees are available for rent. They are 12 feet in diameter.

More Teepee Lodging:
South Bend, IN [vintage; gone]
Hastings, NE [vintage; gone]
Corsicana, TX [vintage; gone]
Mexico City, MX [vintage; gone?]
Ottawa, ON [vintage; gone?]

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