Recently returned from a stay in the kingdom of kitsch, The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California. Each of the 110 rooms has its own theme (the Caveman Room, the Safari Room, the Highway Suite), and you get a complimentary postcard of your room lest you ever forget how fabulous it was. Loved the Pony Room! The Madonna Inn was founded in 1958 by construction magnate Alex Madonna and his wife Phyllis. Grandpa Snail, an engineer, knew Mr. Madonna, and stayed at his Inn with Grandma Snail and a teenage Mama Snail circa 1970. They stayed in the España Room, which, funny enough, is right below the Pony Room! Here’s the postcard from their stay:
Back from the magical world of The Madonna Inn, another postcard was waiting for me!I love learning of new American towns. Turns out Pulaski, in south-central Tennessee, is named for Polish-born Revolutionary War hero Kazimierz (Casimir) Pulaski, recruited by Benjamin Franklin as one of the fathers of the U.S. calvary.
Pulaski is unfortunately marked as being the birthplace of the first Ku Klux Klan, formed there in 1865.
As for the courthouse, who knows what injustices have gone down there, but it’s cool that a bell dating to 1858 continues to ring in the hour.
Thanks so much for taking the time to send this postcard, Nicki! I’m one card closer to having all 50 states represented in my collection. Still in need of:
If you live in or visit any of these places, send me a postcard, include your return address, and I’ll send you one back!
3370 Glendale Blvd. Box 613
Los Angeles, CA 90039