Although many associations have worked hard to restore sections of Route 66 since the late 1980s, fueled by the National Route 66 Preservation Bill granting $10 million in matching funds, not everything along Route 66 is as lovely and restored as the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
The Apache Hotel is one example.
I had a hard time tracking down the history of the Apache Motel, but believe that it originally opened in 1964. I found conflicting information on when it closed and how many times it reopened, but it was definitely shuttered when we drove through Tucumcari last month.
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Photo #1 Apache Motel. From what I could find online, the sign used to be black but was painted white by one of the owners over time.
Photo #2 Apache Motel. What must have been elegant entrances at one point in time are now boarded up.
Photo #3 Apache Motel. Future tumbleweeds grow out of the cracks in the asphalt in the parking lot of the abandoned motel.
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