Soon after the turn of the century, the next revolution in transportation began to take over America's imagination. The automobile was at first a plaything of the rich, but they became more common, especially after Henry Ford made the Model T so affordable. It became a common Sunday afternoon diversion to take a ride in the country, and didn't take long for people to take longer trips in them.

Motorists were often reluctant to check into a hotel in the city center, because spending a day in an open automobile meant that the occupants were either dusty or muddy, and there was often little place to park. Many long-distance travelers tended to camp along the way. At first this meant pitching a tent, but farmers and municipalities saw an economic opportunity and would often rope off a section of land and charge a small fee to camp.

This led to the Auto Camp, where entrepeneurs built small cabins with some amenities. Travelers could drive right up to their cabin and have some privacy, but still not have to spend too much. If you've ever seen the 1934 classic movie "It Happened One Night" then you know what an auto camp looks like. The famous "Wall of Jericho" scene takes place inside an auto camp cabin.
Wayne County and the surrounding counties certainly had auto camps, and in some cases the remnants exist today.

Located near the corner of National Road West and Toschlog Road

Capital Hill Camp in Cambridge City


Northeast corner of US 40 and US 127 in Preble County, Ohio