Historic Motel on Lincoln Highway Re-Opens

Niland Cafe and Colo Motel beautifully restored

Posted by CC on February 2nd, 2008 4:58 pm

What was once a “one-stop shop” on the Lincoln Highway, the Niland Cafe and Colo Motel are open for business once again. The Nevada Journal reports that the Colo Motel reopened on January 18th, 2008. The City of Colo and the Colo Development Group have spent just under $1 million on the Reed/Niland Corner project, which includes the motel, the Niland Cafe, a gas station, landscaping, paving, and restoration of the exterior of all the buildings. Future plans include an old country store and farmers market.

The Reed-Niland corner provided gas, food and lodging to travelers along the Lincoln and Jefferson Highways between 1923 and 1995. The business included a full-service gas station, cafe, tourist cabins, a motel, and an apartment building. It is considered Iowa’s most intact “one-stop shop” on the Lincoln Highway. For more information, go to: www.colo-iowa.org.