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Zia Motel

915 E. Route 66., Gallup, NM
Phone: 505-863-4952

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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.

x 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.

Photo(s): 2012



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