Colo, Iowa: Niland's Cafe and Colo Motel

Restored gas station, motel, and cafe from the early days of motoring, at a formerly key (but now fairly sleepy) transcontinental highway intersection.
Address:
24 Lincoln Way, Colo, IA
Directions:
On the north side of Hwy 930 just west of its intersection with US Hwy 65.
Hours:
Cafe Tu-Sa 6:30 am - 8 pm, Su 6:30 am - 2 pm (Call to verify)
Phone:
641-377-3663
Admission:
Free
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Colo Motel sign.

Niland's Cafe and Colo Motel

Lots of plaques for easy, even-walking, self-guided tour. The people are so down to earth and friendly. Wifi available w/password so you can post pictures and information about your road trip. Food is old school and tasty. Functioning nostalgic motel with great rates.

[Russ & Annette, 07/02/2017]

Niland's Cafe.

Niland's Cafe and Colo Motel

Niland's Cafe stands at the corner of Lincoln Way and Jefferson Highway. Lincoln is the old Lincoln Highway, the first east-west transcontinental road running from Times Square, NY, to San Francisco, CA. Jefferson was the first north-south transcontinental road running from Winnipeg, Ontario, to New Orleans, LA. Today the cafe, motel, and original service station from a bygone era have been restored and are open to the public and weary travelers. The service station is open as a museum only.

[Cactus, 02/09/2013]

Experience the hottest crossroads in America circa 1925.

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