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Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

The city of Albuquerque on Wednesday announced the signing of contracts earlier this month to redevelop the historic but long-closed De Anza Motor Lodge and El Vado Motel, both along old Route 66. According to a news release from the city:…

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Carlyle Motel in Oklahoma City soon will disappear

Carlyle Motel in Oklahoma City soon will disappear

The historic Carlyle Motel along old Route 66 in west Oklahoma City has closed, and it seems it soon will make way for a used-car lot. A reader alerted me by email this week the motel’s “driveway is now blocked, by…

Desert Sands Motel catches fire again

Desert Sands Motel catches fire again

Albuquerque firefighters on Sunday responded to a second fire in 40 days at the now-closed Desert Sands Motel along the city’s Route 66 corridor. A passerby alerted the fire department about 3 p.m. after seeing a fire burning in the…

Hotel Will Rogers undergoes renovations

Hotel Will Rogers undergoes renovations

The historic Hotel Will Rogers in Claremore, Oklahoma, finished a seven-month, $2.4 million renovation and is rechristened Will Rogers Lofts. Also known as the Will Rogers Hotel, it long was known for its radium baths; the naturally occurring water was believed to hold health benefits.…

Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Local residents purchased the closed Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and plan to eventually reopen it as a sandwich shop and bed-and-breakfast. The Communicator newspaper reported in last week’s print edition Arthur and Anastacia Baca completed the…

DVD review: “The Missouri Maze”

DVD review: “The Missouri Maze”

Unoccupied Route 66 continues its mix of history and atmospheric images of forlorn Route 66 sites in its latest documentary, “The Missouri Maze.” The 26-minute film ($14.95 list, shipping included), directed by KC Keefer and hosted by Nick Gerlich, tells about…

Fire destroys Apple Valley Motel in Mitchell

Fire destroys Apple Valley Motel in Mitchell

The historic Apple Valley Motel along old Route 66 in Mitchell, Illinois, was gutted by fire Sunday, according to several media outlets in the St. Louis region. The Belleville News-Democrat reported the blaze involved at least a dozen rooms. The…

L&L Motel in Bloomington torn down for more parking

L&L Motel in Bloomington torn down for more parking

Steve Vogel, a columnist for the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois, had this startling piece of news in a recent column: Did you notice part of Bloomington-Normal’s link to Route 66 just disappeared? … the L&L Motel on Morrissey Drive has been…

Gallup motel gets negligent with its security

Gallup motel gets negligent with its security

The Rodeway Inn along Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico, earned a few truckloads of bad publicity when this video by a couple of travelers went viral to the tune of 4.5 million views and counting in less than a…

So what really happened to the Blue Swallow Motel’s former owner?

So what really happened to the Blue Swallow Motel’s former owner?

A number of books, websites and even an application to the National Register of Historic Places tell a tragic story of Ted F. Jones, former owner of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. It was reported for years that…

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