Nestled in the charming town of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, the Don Q Inn stands as a unique and captivating destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable experience.
With its whimsical and eclectic decor, the Don Q Inn offers a one-of-a-kind lodging experience that combines nostalgia, creativity, and a touch of eccentricity. In this blog post, we will take a virtual tour of the Don Q Inn, exploring its distinctive accommodations, fascinating themed rooms, and the delightful surprises that await guests at every turn.
It is also proudly presented in the Weird Wisconsin book.
The Don Q Inn Plane
Besides the themed hotel rooms and fantasy suites, the Don Q Inn is known for the very large Boeing C-97 attraction located conveniently on the front lawn. According the their website: “the plane flew to its present location adjacent to the hotel. Farah Fawcett signed the fuselage after filming a TV commercial there long ago.”
The Don Q Inn holds a rich history that dates back to the mid-20th century. Originally built as a roadside motel, it has since transformed into a destination that celebrates the spirit of Americana and nostalgia. The inn’s retro charm and distinctive architecture invite visitors to step into a bygone era, evoking a sense of whimsy and adventure.
The Don Q Inn is renowned for its extraordinary themed rooms, each designed to transport guests to a different world. From the luxuriously rustic Northwoods Lodge to the futuristic allure of the Spaceship Room, every accommodation offers a unique and immersive experience. Other themed rooms include the Cave Room, the Harley-Davidson Room, and the Jungle Safari Room, each decorated with meticulous attention to detail and a sense of playful creativity.
As guests explore the Don Q Inn, they will encounter delightful surprises and unexpected curiosities around every corner. Vintage aircraft and cars adorn the property, inviting visitors to marvel at their timeless beauty. A replica of Stonehenge, whimsical sculptures, and quirky installations add to the inn’s offbeat charm. These unexpected touches create an atmosphere of whimsy and exploration, leaving guests with a lasting impression.
In case you can’t read that whole picture:
“Our plane is a Boeing C-97, built in 1952.
It was used during the Korean Ware to transport troops and could seat up to 150 people.
Our plane was also used to transport cargo, handling up to 95,000 pounds.
The plane empty weights 90,000 pounds, is 110 feet 4 inches in length and has a wing span of 141 feet 6 inches.
The fuel tanks hold 6800 gallons of fuel.
This plane was used to haul cargo to disaster areas such as Biafria and Bangledash.
Due to uneconomical circumstances (burning 600 gallons of fuel per hour) the government decided to scrap all planes and Don Quinn was able to purchase this plane at a reasonable price.
The plane has 4 Pratt & Whitney 4360 Cubim CM. engines, each with 28 cylinders, 56 spark plugs, and 3500 horsepower per engine. The spark plugs are made of platinum at a cost of #100.00 per plug.
The plane cruised at 300 miles her hour at 25,000 Feet.
This plane spent 10,068 hours in the air.
The commercial version of this plane was a luxury Strato-cruiser, seating 50-80 peple, and was considered the “Cadillac” of planes in its day.
This plane was used to film two Mercury Cougar Car commercials in 1975, featuring Farrah Fawcett. Her autograph appears on teh lower fuselage.
Our plane was purchased in 1977 from a bankrupt company in Long Beach, CA. and flown into Dodgeville on october 16, 1977. It landed on the 2800 foot runway adjacent to the Inn.
The pilot, ____ Schmidt, landed the plane with the wheels three feet over each side of the runway creating a large cloud of dust upon touch down. The plane was put into reverse and the brakes pushed to the maximum.”
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