I was also super excited because of a simple geographical fact. Albuquerque is on the historic Route 66. Y'all know I planned this trip so I had time to explore. I didn't get to drive as much of Route 66 as I wanted, but I still had a fantastic time. So. Much. To. See.
See, a lot of googie and atomic mid-century architecture still exists on Route 66. It was a wonderland for a popular architecture dork like me.
So today I thought I'd share some of my favorite pictures from the trip. I'm not stamping them with my watermark. They are open for non-commerical use, should anyone feel so inclined.
Abandoned motel, west of Albuquerque, Route 66.
Close up on abandoned motel. Modern Cabins! There were actually cows wondering in the rooms when I pulled to the side of the road, but I scared them off.
Desert Sands Motel, Route 66 Albuquerque, New Mexico. The USA show In Plain Sight often used it as a shooting location! I think it is still open.
Nob Hill Motel, Albuquerque Route 66. Absolutely fantastic vintage motel sign.
Hiway House Motel, Route 66, Albuquerque. Love the Color TV pylon sign on the left.
Abandoned Whiting Brothers gas station/motel/grocery store sign. Whiting Brothers was a western chain that provided everything the traveling motorist could need. This station is between Albuquerque and Grants, New Mexico.
Abandoned Whiting Brothers Gas Station. Ruins. Route 66.
Automobile junk yard on Route 66, just outside of Grants, New Mexico.
People who know me in real life are already dreading the twenty-part series on Howard Johnsons that we all know is in the cards.