REDWOOD MOTEL, Marshalltown IA

The Redwood, according to the card, was “One of Iowa’s Finest.” The humility is nice, but why not just go all out? Iowa’s Finest! Who’s going to drive back the next day and say “you know, I found something better 278 miles away.” Of course, that would insult your brothers in the local hostel business, so perhaps it’s best to go with “one.”

The lower portion of the card shows the helpful sign that let people in the pool know where they were.

Another attribute on the back: "Major Service Station Adjacent."