Iconic sign and roadside attraction in Howell, New Jersey is all that stands from infamous Moon Motel.
“Everything about the old neon Moon Motel sign on US Route 9 in Howell, New Jersey is amazing. The hotel on the other hand wasn’t so beloved. It was built in 1966, and became “the shadiest place in Howell”. At the time, Howell and other Route 9 communities were acting as Jersey Shore adjacent resort communities. Route 9 was the gateway to the shore, so lots of mid-century motels and amenities set up along the Route. Some still stand to this day, and many got a racy connotation. In 1976, a criminal named John R. Sperry (aka John Gorbich) was shot at the Moon Motel. Kids would have parties in the decrepit conditions There were reports of lots of illegal activity over the years. The Motel was still open in 2013 when a fire destroyed most of the building. It was torn down in 2015. When I took this photo in 2016, the iconic sign was still standing (and still is as far as I know). I don’t know what Howell plans to do with their most-well known symbol. (That “free internet” sign used to say “water bed, Color TV”. The other sign said “Truckers welcome”).” – IG @floriobilly