Old Motel Signs on Niagara Falls Blvd
Once upon a time, Niagara Falls was responsible for a significant amount of the country's tourism business. The first hotel in Niagara Falls, the Cataract House, opened it's doors in 1825. Soon after, other hotels followed as tourism traffic steadily increased. During the late 19th and 20th centuries, Niagara Falls became known as the "honeymoon capital of the world", further driving the need for affordable yet boutique motels to cater to the newlyweds. By the 1930's, there were 47 motels listed in the city directory and by the 1950's that number more than doubled. Niagara Falls Boulevard was the main strip to get to the Falls, wether you arrived by car from the I-90 to I-290, or if you flew into Niagara Falls Airport. Today, decayed remnants of several circa 1950's neon signs remain along the once bustling, now largely run down boulevard. Here's a series of some of my favorites remaining.