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Abandoned Westerner Drive-Inn Along Route 66 in Tucumcari

Ranch House Cafe Along Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico

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.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below?

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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.

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Photo #2 Apache Motel.  What must have been elegant entrances at one point in time are now boarded up.

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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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  1. The motel looks like a ghost from Florida’s panhandle.:)

  2. fabulous!!!
    love to old tone here…really suits it!


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Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


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