Post Cards from the Road
In researching my Highway 51 project, I stumbled across some old postcards of businesses located on Old Highway 51. These three postcards are from the late 1950s. Part of our mission on the road trip was to try to snag current photos of these locations. As it turns out, two of the three businesses are still in operation and the third, Antlers Supper Club, is still a viable location but with entirely different businesses.
Arbor Vitae Motel (Woodruff, Wis.)
It has been remodeled but is still in business. Note that the sign has moved and that the roadway has been built up higher. In the original postcard the entrance is at grade with the road while today there is about an 8 to 10 foot drop down into the parking lot.
The Sky Club (Stevens Point, Wis.)
The Sky Club has been remodeled and the lettering has been removed from the stonework, but it is still there and still in business. Note some changes: Traffic lights and curb and gutter that aren’t in the postcard and the building has been expanded over the years. Flag pole is still in the same spot but is taller now.
The Antlers Supper Club (on Lake du Bay)
Alas, The Antlers is no more. I suspect that business dried up when Highway 51 was moved to the east in the 1960s. We walked around the property and the original building still sits there but a large addition has been added. Notice that the sign is still on the property, faded but legible. The Tiki Bar is located on the lower level beneath the old restaurant and offers a nice patio on the lake. The prominent addition now houses a business called Toyhauler, LLC.