The Desert Sands Motel was built in 1953 and still lights up the
sky off Central Avenue in Albuquerque.
Grants, NM Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
The Franciscan Lodge neon still sits pretty alongside the Mother Road
in Grants, NM. Although the supply of intact neon signs have dwindled off the 66 in Grants like it has in most towns, the Franciscan continues to be an exception.
El Rancho Hotel marquee
Gallup, NM Photo courtesy Larry Glass
El Rancho Hotel
Gallup, NM Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
The El Rancho Hotel & Motel in Gallup was once the favorite lodging place
for plenty of famous folk. Check it out as the neon surrounding the building
lights up the sky as the hotel and motel proudly stands out along the historic Route 66.
The El Rancho marquee proudly states "home of the movie stars" as a reference to the many movie celebrities that have graced the motel due to the multitude of films that were made in the area. According to the official El Rancho Hotel & Motel website, the guest register has captured such names as Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gene Autry, Lucille Ball, John Wayne, and many others. In fact, the lobby and upstairs is lined with many old autographed photos from such stars.
The El Rancho was built by Joe Massaglia in 1937 for R.E. Griffith. In 1986, well-known businessman Armand Ortega purchased the hotel in 1986 and proceeded to restore it to its former state.
UPDATE 04/09 : The marquee at the El Rancho Hotel & Motel still lights up the night off of Route 66 in Gallup. Many thanks to Larry Glass for photo update. 04-09
Melody Lane Motel Photo courtesy Alex Schultz
Here's an absolute gem from the Southwest. The Melody Lane Motel sports perfect neon.
Village Inn Photo courtesy Alex Schultz
Here's the Village Inn Motel, complete with symmetrical bunny
ears. The fantastic glow from this neon befits the twilight illumination
of the New Mexico sky.
Capri Motel Photo courtesy Alex Schultz
A couple of signs welcome you to the Capri Motel. Grab a bite to eat here before you hunker
down for the night.
Anchor Motel Photo courtesy Alex Schultz
The Anchor Motel in the Southwest sports a huge jaw-dropping anchor
image as its marquee. This neon treasure beckons one to "anchor"
down for the night. Yes, pun is intended!