Deal in Bloomington brings old Thunderbird one step closer to demolition


Few people would notice the demolition of a 1960s-era motel but add “former Thunderbird Motel” to the equation and ears of the nostalgic perk up.

The kitschy Thunderbird Motel, an American Indian-themed establishment built in 1962, anchored one corner of the sports complex in Bloomington that was once home to the Vikings, Twins and North Stars. Today, it’s the site of the Mall of America, and the old Thunderbird, which has been a Ramada-branded hotel for 11 years, will be torn down later this year for a future expansion of the mall’s property.


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