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Salem Motel and General Store | Photo © 2019 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Salem Motel

Location Class:
Built: 1954 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: David Bulit

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Salem Motel postcard, date unknown

Between the towns of Perry and Cross City and along U.S. Route 19 is the small unincorporated community of Salem. The post office in Salem opened on April 16, 1915. The word “Salem” probably conjures up images of witches, hangman’s trees and burnings at the stake, but this community is nowhere near as exciting as that as it is made up of just a few homes, a gas station, and this vacant motel.

According to public records, this motel was built in 1954, just two years before construction began on the Interstate Highway System. As with many of these small communities, they don’t get many visitors passing through anymore and no visitors means no business. The motel has been closed for many years now, but its slowly being renovated by Southampton Properties LLC. Inside the building, I made a mental note of the date when the new windows were installed which was just a month prior to my visit.

The building next door looks to have been a general store with some apartments on the top floor. While Southampton Properties LLC also owns this building, unlike the motel, there is currently no type of construction occurring on this building. While photographing the building, a truck driver stopped to tell me that he hopes the building is saved as it is historic, though he was unable to tell me anything more than that.


David Bulit is a photographer, author, and historian from Miami, Florida. He has published a number of books on abandoned and forgotten locales throughout the United States and continues to advocate for preserving these historic landmarks. His work has been featured throughout the world in news outlets such as the Miami New Times, the Florida Times-Union, the Orlando Sentinel, NPR, Yahoo News, MSN, the Daily Mail, UK Sun, and many others. You can find more of his work at davidbulit.com as well as amazon.com/author/davidbulit.

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