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915 E. Route 66., Gallup, NM
The Zia Motel doesn't have a lot of neon on it's sign, but does have some
interesting paintings on the office building. The office sits in the middle
of the U shaped guest rooms building. I'm not sure when the Zia opened,
but Rittenhouse mentioned in his 1946 "A Guide Book to Highway 66".
By the early 1950s they were advertising"kitchenette apartments"
in the local paper. I'm guessing by the style of the building it probably
dates to the 30s or early 40s.
According to a 60s postcard there were 26 guest rooms, and at the time
13 of those had had kitchenette of some sort. When the motel was new
there were carports between at least some of the rooms. They have since
been converted to guest rooms, which was a pretty common practice.