An RV and trailer park in Bisbee, Ariz., is offering visitors a trip back in time.
According to a report in the Arizona Republic, the Shady Dell RV and Vintage Trailer Park is an authentic trailer motor court that has been in business since 1927. Today, under the ownership of Ed Smith and Rita Personett, it’s home to eight shiny chrome trailers, a 1940s Chris Craft yacht and an authentic 1950s diner.
According to the Republic, guests can rent the trailers or the yacht and spend the night “embraced by American pop culture.” Each accommodation has been restored to its original condition, complete with nostalgic décor and details, including a lawn decked out with lounge chairs and pink flamingos – the quintessential motor-court decoration.
An avid collector, Smith pored over old travel and trailer magazines to make sure everything looked original, right down to the checker-print cutlery in the kitchen drawer and the ashtray on the table outside.
“Everything lends itself to the idea that you could go back in time, and you could really be in a 1950s trailer court,” he said.
Dot’s Diner, which was transported intact to the Shady Dell, offers its own personal history. The diner was built in 1957, then moved twice before being delivered in its entirety on a flatbed truck to the Shady Dell in November 1996.