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Photo of the Week: Coachman Motel September 1962

Coachmen Motel, 1962.

The Coachman Motel opened on January 30, 1961, at 406 E. Washington St., on the eastern edge of downtown Bloomington. The 42-room motel was built for $500,000 (or nearly $4 million today, adjusted for inflation) by Robert Dunn, a Bloomington attorney.

The once-fashionable motel struggled in its latter years (earning the derogatory nickname, the “Roachman” Motel) before falling to the wrecking ball in 2008-2009. The site remains vacant and is one of many commercial lots the downtown area awaiting redevelopment.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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