Motel Demolition Negatives, early 1990s
KC Manuscript Collection 196

Archives of the City of Kingsport
Kingsport, Tennessee

The collection of Motel Demolition Negatives consists of twenty five color negatives taken during the early 1990s showing the remains of a demolished motel in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee.  The motel had a number of names during its existence; however, most people knew it as the Downtowner.  It was located on the corner of Shelby and West Center streets.  In 1974, the facility was called the Port O’ Kings Motor Inn and Restaurant.  In 1981, the motel was known as the Travelers Lodge.  Attorney Bobby Tate bought the building during the 1980s and renamed it the Kingsport Inn.

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This collection should be cited as:
Motel Demolition Negatives, early 1990s.  KC Manuscript Collection 196, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Jeff A. Jenson processed the collection and developed the finding aid in February 2007.


  • Construction and demolition debris–Tennessee–Kingsport.
  • Motels–Tennessee–Kingsport.


Destruction of the Downtowner

View of the demolition of the Downtowner Hotel during the early…