The Log Cabin Inn
Turning with the Times
Route 66 provided a steady income for family businesses like Joe and Victor “Babe” Selotis’ Log Cabin Inn. Joe barbecued beef and pork on a pit out back, while Babe filled gas tanks and fixed flats. When Route 66 was relocated to the backside to the backside of the cabin, the owners jacked it up and turned it around to face the new road. Hundreds of Pontiac residents came out to witness the event.
When the Selotis’ built their cabin business in 1926, Route 66 ran east of them next to the railroad tracks. Their buildings faced the hard road. In the 1940s, Route 66 was widened to four lanes and relocated to the west side of the business, where it is today. The sturdy cabin was jacked up and turned 180 degrees with horses to face the new road.
A Talking Crow?
Joe Selotis was given a crow that he painstakingly trained to talk. Tourists, fascinated with this chattering creature, would return to visit him often. He especially enjoyed perching on picnic tables in the company of beer drinkers where he acquired a taste for malt liquor.