On May 2, 2010 Sundowner Inc. ceased operating the Sundowner Motel in Caldwell Idaho. The difficult decision was made by the board of directors after 48 years of business in downtown Caldwell
Formerly the site of the McNeel Lumber Company, the Sundowner Motel is an example of the American Dream come true. A young Bob Bushnell moved from lumber-yard clerk to owner of the property, and among other business ventures, converted the property to a motel in 1962. Bob had a vision of the downtown that integrated Indian creek into the architecture of the building, and was proud to be one of the first business to feature the creek as a part of our community.
The Motel has played host to many visitors to downtown Caldwell including dignitaries, athletic teams, world-class cowboys, a professional banjo club, County Fair and 4H contestants. Even the dog known as “Lassie” took advantage of our pet-friendly hospitality! Of all of our guests, we are most proud that we provided a clean, comfortable, and affordable place for guests visiting family, professionals conducting business in our community, and some of the interesting people we’ve met who were “just passing through” that chose to stay a night or two downtown with us.
The Sundowner Motel has been a fixture in the community and a champion for the spirit of a thriving downtown.
We’ve turned off our large “MOTEL” sign – but we are excited to continue with our corporate operations in the community. If you would like to be informed of our future sales of furniture and assets, please sign up for our mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “subscribe” in the subject line.