The Aztec is the oldest surviving Route 66 motel in New Mexico. Beginning as the Aztec Autocourt in 1931, it changed hands a number of times over the years. It had become a haven for prostitutes and drug dealers when the Mohamed Natha family bought it in 1991 and worked to restore the Aztec's family atmosphere, along with the physical plant. The Aztec's unique decor is courtesy of Phyllis Evans, a retired professor who lives there part-time. All along the exterior of the hotel are...uh.. things that have been collected through out the years and attached to the walls. My pictures do not do it justice. I wish I could post full size pictures so you could see the detail but sadly, my computer freezes up everytime I try to.
We did not go inside, I can only imagine what you might find at oldest Route 66 motel in the city.
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Oh...and not to be outdone, the Town House Lodge down the street has its attraction too...a bovine on the roof. Nothing flashy about it. Old Bessie just keeps watch on the traffic as it goes by.
I still want to take a drive from the west end of town to the east end of town along Route 66 with camera in hand. There is so much more to see.
Until next time. I'm out.