Route 66 News

A chat with Kumar Patel at the Wigwam Motel

The Genuine Route 66 Life series points the camera at Kumar Patel, whose family bought the historic Wigwam Motel of San Bernardino, California.

The Patels have owned the Wigwam for about 10 years, and have received several awards for the restoration of the property. Before then, the Wigwam had declined into a seedy place where few travelers wanted to stay.

This particular Wigwam opened in 1950. There are two surviving other Wigwam Motels — one on Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona, and the other in Cave City, Kentucky.

(Image of the Wigwam Motel by Chuck Coker via Flickr)