The word Motel was coined in 1925 and referred to a type of hotel consisting of a single building of connected rooms whose doors faced a parking lot, aka. motor inn,motor courts. As the
highway system began to develop in the mid 20’s long distance travel became
more common and the need for inexpensive, easily accessible overnight
accommodation close to the main routs led to the growth of the motel
concept. Motels peaked in the 1960’s with
rising car travel only to decline with coming of the new chain hotels. Today
few of these old motels exist any longer. Here is one example of such a motel that has been sitting vacant since the early 80’s called AJ's Motel, it sits along a stretch of
highway 16 in the town of Hinsdle,NY as a remembrance of times past……….