Route 66 News

Closed Silver Moon Lodge in Albuquerque is razed

The closed Silver Moon Lodge along Central Avenue (aka Route 66) near downtown Albuquerque was razed Thursday to make way for a planned grocery store, retail space, and apartments, reported KOB-TV.

The motel, which dated to the 1950s, had been closed for several years. Longtime Route 66 roadie Mark Potter said back then, it was a Desert Skies Motor Hotel. Here’s a postcard when it later was the Desert Inn Motor Hotel.

The Duke City has seen another high-profile loss to the wrecking in recent months, including the Aztec Motel. Albuquerque has a unique situation in which at least two dozen vintage motels still stand along Central Avenue, and not nearly enough Route 66ers and other tourist traffic to keep them going.

So the owners are forced to use most of them as low-income housing or apartments, or convert them into something else entirely.

With Route 66 essentially being a cottage industry, Albuquerque for now seems to be focused a very few historic Mother Road motels, including De Anza and El Vado Motel.