FLASHBACK 2001: Sun-N-Sand Motor Hotel closing

FLASHBACK 2001: Sun-N-Sand Motor Hotel closing
Sun-N-Sand in 2001 (Source: WLBT)
Sun-N-Sand in 2001 (Source: WLBT)
Sun-N-Sand in 2001 (Source: WLBT)
Sun-N-Sand in 2001 (Source: WLBT)
Sun-N-Sand in 2001 (Source: WLBT)
Sun-N-Sand in 2001 (Source: WLBT)

August 13, 2001: Owners of Jackson's iconic Sun-N-Sand Motor Hotel announce that it will be shutting down.

The downtown fixture on Lamar Street had been a home-away-from home for state legislators for years. Many of them stayed there while the legislature was in session, taking advantage of its proximity to the State Capitol. As a result, it was the site of many informal after-hours gatherings where pending legislation was discussed and debated.

After the Sun-N-Sand closed on September 30, 2001, the fixtures were sold in an auction. Since then, the hotel's sign has remained, but the building itself is boarded-up.

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