Cabins imitating the Indian teepee for tourists along highway south of Bardstown, Kentucky (LOC)

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Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990, photographer.

Cabins imitating the Indian teepee for tourists along highway south of Bardstown, Kentucky

1940 July.

1 negative : safety ; 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches or smaller.

Photo shows Wigwam Village #2, Cave City, KY. (Source: Library staff, 2009)
Title and other information from caption card.
Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944.

United States--Kentucky--Nelson County--Bardstown.

Format: Safety film negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Washington, DC 20540,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is available at

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Call Number: LC-USF34- 055240-D

bior, Skakerman, TenYearsGone, and 189 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Vintage Roadside 60 months ago | reply

    Beautiful image.

  2. e.m.crawford 60 months ago | reply

    I wanna eat and sleep in a wigwam!

  3. tx_mattster 60 months ago | reply

    There are a couple of these Motels still left and in operation, like this one in Holbrook, AZ on US Rt. 66.


  4. john4kc 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wigwam Village Motels (Frank Redford Design), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    This is a popular image. Glad to see the Library of Congress has the negative. (maybe that's why it's so popular). There is a lot of detail here that I've never seen in the other copies.

    Viewers may visit the Wigwam Village Motels Group and see more history and a link to a map of all seven that existed. The one pictured here is still in business today and is the oldest of the 3 left. The other two are on Route 66 in Holbrook Arizona and San Bernardino CA.

  5. Crooked Beak 58 months ago | reply

    Yes, Foothill Blvd. now, just as you get into Rialto, CA, west of San Bernardino.

  6. PLEXNE 57 months ago | reply

    Looks like the "Cozy cone Moltel"...

  7. Lú_ 57 months ago | reply

    This photograph is featured on as among the Best of the Commons.

    Out of curiosity, does anybody know what road this is/was on? I was -- not at all coincidentally -- on roads south of Bardstown on Saturday and didn't see this site.

  8. john4kc 57 months ago | reply

    Lu_ It's still in business! It's considered to be in Cave City.

  9. Lú_ 57 months ago | reply

    Good to know for next time I'm down! Thanks!

  10. budderflyman 57 months ago | reply

    I remember this place

  11. patsycat01 54 months ago | reply

    It's still there!! I wondered how far it went back. It's near Cave City, closer to the area where Mammoth Cave is than Bardstown.

  12. JP Spurs 48 months ago | reply

    Cool thats not to far from me! its actually pretty far from Bardstown, closer to Elizabethtown.

  13. greentea flute 47 months ago | reply

    cool thanks for posting, I saw them somewhere else, too, but this recreates the concept great!

  14. Lixcordero 43 months ago | reply

    yessss,,,that was the idea !!!

  15. Mustang Koji 35 months ago | reply

    For those of us who are not familiar with America's love affair with our cars, the Pixar movie for kids called "Cars" was based on meticulous research into life on Route 66. The "Cozy Cone Motel" someone referred to was just one of those many points. The wigwam motels in Holbrooke, AZ and Rialto, CA are still in operation but barely. I took my kids to stay overnight at the Holbrook establishment. They looked for Lightning McQueen, Sally and Mater until late at night.

  16. iamfrankiam 27 months ago | reply

    With friends, a bunch of us make the pilgrimage to WWV#2 nearly every year. It's goofy fun to land in this dry county and take over for a couple of nights. Gather up ur friends and go sleep in a wigwam. Take plenty of firewood for the fire ring and have a cookout in the shelter behind. But save one evening for dinner up the road in Munfordville at Big Bubba Buck's Belly Bustin' Bliss BBQ. Yummy. Oh, be sure to take your own booze cause the nearest is in Bowling Green and that's a drive. The Cave City, KY exit for the motel is also the exit for Mammoth Cave, we've done it and their various tours are set up for adults and kids. We always have great fun taking this trip and I'm sure you would, too!

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