Savannah is a city known for her history – but who says history has to be ancient to be history? In 2010, the Thunderbird Inn – “The hippest hotel in Savannah” ™ – made the National Register of Historic Places, representing the classic roadside motel of the 1960s. Gas was cheap, cars were big and Americans were mobile. The nuclear family of those Cold War years parked its station wagon outside classic motels like the Thunderbird and enjoyed the traditional American vacation.
The Thunderbird was built in 1964, which lands it in the middle of one of the most creative, memorable and, yes, historic decades of the past century. The Civil Rights Movement, the space race, the Beatles, the mini-skirt, the Pill … oh, it was quite a decade! (more…)