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Tucson Inn
Tucson, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's a neon shot of the Tucson Inn marquee, still lighting up the street after all of these years. The Tucson Inn opened its door in 1953 and its huge neon sign has been the object of many photographers lenses and magazine covers over the years.


UPDATE 09/17 : Unfortunately, the Tucson Inn was closed in May 2017 due to various building violations. In speaking with the owner Susie Lin, she hopes to reopen in the fall or perhaps may retire as she is reaching nearly 40 years of ownership. In either case, she believes that the iconic sign will remain. Here's hoping for a reopening. 09-17

See more at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on the Tucson Inn.



Ghost Ranch Lodge
Tucson, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Route 66The Ghost Ranch Lodge along the Miracle Mile in Tucson can be a welcome sight in the wee hours of the morning. However, be prepared to show ID. The Ghost Ranch Lodge was built in 1941 on about 8 acres of land.


UPDATE 03/06 : The Ghost Ranch Lodge closed down in 2005 to become senior housing. Not sure of the fate of the grand neon sign. 03-06

UPDATE 12/08 : November 29, 2008 saw the landmark Ghost Ranch Lodge catch fire, burning two buildings and partially burning the restaurant and lounge. Word is the fire may have been intentionally set and is being investigated by Tucson fire investigators and police. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the Ghost Ranch Lodge had been closed since 2005 after having been in business for over 60 years. After being sold to a new owner 2007, plans to convert the old motel to low-cost elder housing fell through earlier this year. 12-08

UPDATE 07/10 : After months of renovation and construction, The Ghost Ranch Lodge has been transformed into a new 112 room low income, senior apartment complex. Tenants will start moving into this iconic Tucson landmark on August 1. The project received $20 million dollars of funding from various government agencies. 07-10


Belle Aire Motel
Globe, AZ
Photo courtesy Elgin MacMillan

Here's a neon shot of the Belle Aire Motel, located off the Highway 60 town of Globe, AZ.


Bell Aire Motel
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


The Sun Land Motel in Tucson is another of the old motor courts that has turned to weekly rates to survive. Check out the neon sign on this one. The Sun Land Motel opened in 1949 along the Miracle Mile.

Sun Land Motel
Tucson, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Sun Land Motel
Tucson, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Owl Lodge
Tucson, AZ
Photo courtesy Aaron Repath


The Owl Lodge still features its neon lit "owl" marquee along Benson Avenue, the old route through the city of Tucson.

(Near right) The motel

(Far right) A close-up of the neon marquee.


UPDATE 09/17 : The Owl Lodge is now home to apartments. The Owl Lodge sign still stands. 09-17









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