The Birth of Modern Public Bathrooms

The Birth of Modern Public Bathrooms

The Birth of Modern Public Bathrooms 

Guest Blog by John Tarr

I remember as a kid traveling with my parents on a stretch of 300 miles of a road from Detroit to Chicago regularly in 1961. Our family lived in a suburb of Detroit called Royal Oak and my dad was transferring as an insurance salesman to the Chicago area. To make the transition easier for the family my dad would work 4 days a week in our new town of Waukegan just north of Chicago and then travel a half day on Friday and half day on Monday back and forth. We would sometimes accompany him on these road trips. 

These trips would take 5-6 hours depending on the traffic. Remember this was not a two-lane freeway in those days. They would not build interstate Freeways until a few years later. These roads would become very frustrating because if you found yourself behind a much slower car the line of cars would stretch for a quarter of a mile or more. Trying to pass was a dangerous adventure.

We were always on the lookout for signs advertising upcoming gas stations and then beg dad about stopping. It meant getting gas, treats and a chance to use a public restroom. I remember these bathrooms were always spotless because the reputation of the individual gas station owner was at stake. There would be a few rest areas along the way, but they were never as clean. In that way not much has changed in the last 60 years. 

The Birth of Modern Public Bathrooms 

I know there were public washrooms before the traveling public used their cars to crisscross this great nation of ours in the 1950’s. Many of these toilet facilities were located at bus stops and railroad stations, but the modern public restrooms came in to its own with the Highway system.

Public Bathrooms

I think as gas stations populated along the highway road system they would compete with each for customers on how modern, clean and safe these short stops were at their station. Texaco 1958 Advertising. Dinners and other attractions would spring up around these islands that gave you a chance to stretch your legs. The washroom was truly a restroom at that point.

You can read an interesting article on Little Known Facts About America’s Highway System.

 Trying to keep public washrooms modern, up-to-date and clean has always been a lot of thankless work for many companies and institutions. Most the time people do not realize that washrooms are a “thing” until they run into one that is very dirty, has run out of toilet paper, or is having a major problem with one of its units. This is where we come in. 

The Birth of Modern Public Bathrooms 

JaniWrap is committed to making public washroom presentable even when there is an issue with one of the urinals or toilets. Just because one of these units go down does not mean the whole facility needs to look shabby or bad. Our temporary covers bring the whole facility back to “looking good” until the needed repairs can be accomplished.

We also make Out Of Order Not In Service Signs and Social Distancing Labels.

This guest blog is by John Tarr, a website designer and blog writer. You can find him here at Best Website Solutions.

JaniWrap Out of Order Urinal Covers. 

Keeping Restrooms Beautiful.

We ensure your restrooms appearance is not compromised when a urinal or toilet needs to be removed from service.

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Why Toilets?

The importance of global sanitation and toilets cannot be overemphasized.

For this reason, it is JaniWrap’s  privilege to help illuminate these issues.

Article curated from the World Toilet Organization.

 We use them every day – at home, school, work, restaurants, shopping malls – yet we seldom talk about them. The silence around the issue of toilets and sanitation has deadly consequences.

At current rates of progress, the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for sanitation remains the most off-track of all, leaving one-third of the world’s population without access to improved sanitation. Sanitation is a basic human right yet slow and insufficient progress leaves billions around the world prone to illness, poverty and abuse.

Despite compelling evidence that shows the benefits and great returns of investing in sanitation, it continues to be an ‘unglamorous’ subject for many policy-makers. The area of water (an equally important subject), on the other hand, receives more funding and attention on the global development agenda.

This needs to change.

Around one billion people in our world today face the indignity of defecating in the open. A lack of clean and safe toilets at schools leads to higher dropout among girls once they reach puberty. Diarrhoeal diseases – a direct consequence of poor sanitation – kill more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

Clean and safe toilets are prerequisites for health, dignity, privacy and education.

The World Toilet Organization was established with the aim to break the taboo around toilets and the sanitation crisis. Since 2001, we have lobbied governments, public and private sector stakeholders and the international community to prioritize sanitation in the development agenda.

Through our initiatives – World Toilet Day, World Toilet Summit, World Toilet Collegeand SaniShop – we continue to mobilise an international network of partners, supporters, donors, governments and international organisations to advocate for effective sanitation policies to ensure health, dignity and well-being for everyone, everywhere.

Restrooms Texas Style

Restrooms Texas Style

Restrooms Texas Style 

America voted and agrees that the New Braunfels Buc-ee’s has a bathroom as big as Texas and some of the most spotless loos in the Lone Star State, making this pit stop perfect for any road warrior and fit for a king.

With 83 toilets to choose from, guests even get their very own throne!

Restrooms Texas Style

Buc-ee’s has an incredible men’s restroom in New Braunfels, TX and if all their locations are similar in size, scope, design and cleanliness my hat is off to the superb Buc-ee’s leadership.

  They recognizes the importance of this critical space – especially when you’re a little sore and road weary.

This contest is undoubtedly fun, but it also conveys a critical message that restroom hygiene matters for good health and good business and proprietors recognize the parallel between clean washrooms and customer retention”

Buc-ee’s brand of convenience stores knows firsthand that clean bathrooms mean big business,” Cintas’ Market Development Representative, Gary Gonzaba

The picture of the urinals at Buc-ee’s is pretty astounding. Everything is tiled including the floor to ceiling privacy walls and combined with the auto-flushers and hand sanitizing stations it’s all just pretty remarkable.

With the dedication to keeping the restrooms clean, sanitary and visually appealing it’s no wonder Buc-ee’s won the Cintas Best America’s Restroom contest in 2012.

Next time you’re in the Lone Star State make it a point to fuel up at Buc-ee’s and see for yourself how refreshing clean restrooms can be.

JaniWrap tips our hat to Buc-ee’s.


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We ensure your restrooms appearance is not compromised when a urinal or toilet needs to be removed from service.

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Disneyland – Clean and Orderly Restrooms


Walt’s All-American Potty

 One place a clean and orderly restroom is appreciated is at family fun parks.  No matter the name or theme of the venue, the one thing they all have in common is that they’re visited by families and families have kids.  And kids have needs and adults have needs, and the biggest challenge for caregivers is to safely provide for those necessities.

Of the essentials, food and hydration top the list and when those needs are met there comes a time when restrooms quickly become the top dog.  Walt Disney knew the tremendous importance of a well-organized, meticulously maintained adventure park and he appreciated that restrooms were a significant part of his guests experience and thus were top-dog for him too.

Disneyland was built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney  in July 1955.  He took the age old idea of multiple theme parks located in one amusement park and made it into the largest and most popular facility of its kind in history.  Walt created the American experience and he invited us into his vast dream showcasing all the goodness, innocence, grace and dignity the United States stands for.

To go to Disneyland is to step back in time, or plunge into the future, but the one thing you’ll be hard pressed to do while you’re there is to find peeling paint, litter, or neglected gardens.  The maintenance program at Disneyland is legendary and has kept Walt’s dream fresh and vibrant for generations to enjoy, embrace and to be inspired from.

Disneyland expert D’land Diva wrote about the five best restrooms in Disneyland and shares with us their location and why they’re worth noting.  They are in various parts of the park, but the common element they all share is cleanliness.   If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland Anaheim you’ll benefit from this information.

Happy 60th Anniversary Disneyland and thank you Walt for blazing the trail in spectacular and even awe-inspiring facility care.