What a great picture provided by Mike Noble, the son of Toby Noble who was the risk taker who built one of the first motels in Searcy Arkansas. The year was 1951, says Mike, and the location was 2203 East Race Street.
Mike also says that the motel was built when the road was not even paved and it was built in sections.
This pictures shows the first row of rooms and the office. The rooms had garages, if you'll note. Later Toby decided to make additional rooms out of the garages and the row of rooms that you're seeing in these photos was bricked and remain to this day.
Another little tidbit of information was that the office shown here was passed on to Earl Baker's Car Sales. I'm still trying to figure out where that location was. Toby Noble built a nice big new office for his motel.