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El Capitan Motel

1300 E. Route 66, Gallup, NM
Phone: 505-863-6828

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The 40 room El Capitan Motel was opened in the mid 1950s. More than a decade later they were still advertising the place as having 40 "new" rooms. I don't know, maybe they meant newly redecorated.

xAs far as I can tell the original sign was replaced sometime in the early 1960s. The sign shown here is at least the third version.

Vintage Advertising Highlights

Late 1960s Postcard
El Capitan Motel

1300 East Hwy. 66 ... On U.S. Highway 66

Gallup, New Mexico
Heated Pool
40 New and Spacious Rooms
Singles, Doubles and Family Suites
Free TV and Telephone in All Rooms
Air Conditioned
Individual Thermostat Heat
Ceramic Tiled Baths
W/W Carpeting
Telephone 505-863-xxxx

Note: I didn't see a AAA sign on the motel when we went by in 2009.

Photo(s): 2009




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