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City Center Motel
Phoenix, AZ
Photos courtesy Elgin MacMillan


Check out the City Center Motel in Phoenix, AZ. This fine mid-century motel building features many of the googie elements distinctive of the era.

(Far left and left) A couple of shots of the profile of the City Center Motel, including the large angular siding on the motel building.

 

 

UPDATE 05/08 : Here's a postcard shot from the 50's of the City Center Motel. The look of the motel appears to be the same, with the exception of the colors and panels on the marquee. Many thanks to Elgin MacMillan for update. 05-08

 

City Center Motel
Phoenix, AZ
Postcard courtesy Elgin MacMillan and Jodey Elsner

 

 

Motel
Mesa, AZ
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

This Motel sign is a reminder to when the family would pack in the station wagon and take a real road trip across America to see grandma or Aunt Suzie ... or something like that.

 

 

El Rancho Motel (Demolished)
Mesa, AZ
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

This unique sign for the El Rancho Motel in Mesa still advertises the motel's family rates and pool.

 

UPDATE 04/17 : The El Rancho Motel is now gone. The motel was demolished in 2014 with the El Rancho Apartments taking its place. Another Mesa roadside delight is now a memory. 04-17

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Buckhorn Baths Motel
Mesa, AZ
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

Here's a nice neon sign for the Buckhorn Baths Motel, one of the roadside motels found off the main drag in Mesa. The young buck character can be seen peeking up over the top of the marquee.

The motel is one of the city's iconic landmarks. The place was built in 1936 as a gas station and trading post, serving travelers coming up the main drag of town. Owners Ted and Alice Sliger added a bath and rooms when a hot springs was discovered in 1939. Eventually, the Buckhorn Baths was transformed into quite a tourist trap with a wildlife museum featuring 400+ taxidermied animals. In fact, professional baseball teams used to stay here, enjoying the pampering and healing of the hot spring waters.

 

UPDATE 11/10 : Buckhorn Baths owner Alice Sliger passed away in November 2010 at the age of 103. Sliger had lived at the property up until 6 months ago. See this article for more info. 11-10

UPDATE 04/15 : Unfortunately a deal that would have transferred ownership to the City of Mesa has died. Mesa voters had approved a multi-million dollar bond package to purchase and preserve this treasure. Word is that Mesa and relatives of the Sliger's could not reach an agreement The fate of the Buckhorn Baths is now unknown. See this article for more info. 04-15

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Home on the Range Motel
Bowie, AZ
Photo courtesy Gorb70

Check out this old motel in Bowie, AZ which is home to the Home on the Range Motel. 03-06

(Left) A little gift shop located on the site.

 

 

Horseshoe Motel
AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Horseshoe Motel in Arizona tries to lure in roadside tourists with its flashy colors and interesting marquee.

 

Hiway Host Motel
Mesa, AZ
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

Here's another marquee found in Mesa. The Hiway Host Motel features a name that's somewhat commonly found as you travel the roadside. This sign will do the Hiway Host name proud with its colors and prominent starburst on the top of the sign. The palm trees on site also add to the look. The Hiway Host appears to date back to the 1950's or 60's.

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