“Kid, go out and get a story about Route 66″ June 26, 2006Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels, Road trips.
That's how Brent Hopkins of the Los Angeles Daily News essentially ended up on the Mother Road in Southern California driving his old Mustang.
It's a good article, and it's especially intriguing to read about the the improvement of the Green Spot motel:
The Green Spot, just a bit off the slice of the route that's called Seventh Street in Victorville, used to be a fun oasis for celebrities and weary everymen alike. It had a bar in which you could drink away the stress of the road, a little stage for entertainment and quaint, private rooms.
When Interstate 15 came in, the once-charming Green Spot became a popular site for prostitutes and meth cooks to ply their trades. Patel, who bought it five years ago, has been in a long process of trying to restore it to its former snazziness. It's still far from swanky, but a walk around its courtyard evokes the prototypical motel of years gone by.
"This used to be a big place for the movie stars – they'd come here and go to the restaurant or put on shows on the stage," Patel said. "When we bought it, it was all drug dealers, but we got rid of them. We're making it better again."
Maybe some of our Route 66 friends in Southern California can check it out. It might be a good new option for travelers seeking an overnight stay. In the meantime, here's a vintage postcard image of the motel.
The Daily News also has an interactive page of music and interviews from his story.