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Albuquerque (1937 Alignment)

There are two alignments of Route 66 through Albuquerque
This page follows the Post 1937 alignment that runs east & west on Central Ave.
xLa Puerta Motor Lodge
9710 E. Central Ave.
Opened in 1949 and was modeled after the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. La Puerta means ... read more
xLuna Lodge
9019 E. Central
Opened in 1949 with eight rooms, expanded to 26 by 1952 A swimming pool was added in 1954. It is now mostly ... read more
xPinon Lodge
8501 E. Central
Opened in 1946 and later became the Pinon Motel. It has had several owners over the year. It is now the Pinon Motel and Apartments ... read more
xBow and Arrow Lodge
8300 E. Central
This vintage motel opened in 1941 as the Urban Motor Lodge and had 25 units. Cool neon sign ... read more
xPioneer Motel
7600 E. Central
Opened in 1949 as the Pioneer Luxury Court. It advertised "Luxury Costs no More". It now offers kitchnette, family units and weekly rates ... read more
xTewa Lodge
5715 E. Central
The Tewa Lodge pened in 1946 with 24 units. In 1959 a room cost as little as $6.00, big spenders could pop for ... read more
xHiland Theater
4804 E. Central, Albuquerque, NM
Frank Peloso and family opened this 875 seat theater in 1951. The storefront wings were added later ... read more
xThe Zia Motor Lodge Sign
4611 E. Central
The Zia Lodge opened in 1938 and closed in 2002. It was demolished in 2005 but the very cool sign still stands ... read more
xDe Anza Motor Lodge
4301 E. Central -
Built in 1939 as a lavish motel. The City of Albuquerque purchased the closed motel in 2003 ... read more
xTown Lodge
4101 E. Central
The 1935 El Oriente Court later became the Minton Lodge i the 50s, now it's gone! ... read more
Route 66 Diner
1405 Central Ave. NE
Formerly Sam's 66 Service Station built in the 1940s in the Art Deco style. Cool styling and good food ... read more
x1938 Texaco Building
320 SE Central It opened as a Texaco Station in 1938 by Vance Carothers and D.D. Fuller (originally Carothers and Maudlin) ... read more

: The 1926 alignment and the 1937 alignment of Route 66 intersect at  4th St. & Central Ave.

xKimo Theater
421 Central Ave. NW
The theater was built in 1927 in the Pueblo Deco style.. The theater is at the corner of 4th and Central, where the 1926 ... read more
xOld Town Albuquerque
San Felipe St., NW at Central Ave.
On the north side of Central Avenue Old town is filled with history, shops and cafes ... read more
xEl Don Motel
2222 Central Ave. SW
Just a short walk from Old Town Albuquerque ... read more
Monterey Motel
2402 Central Ave. SW
Formerly the Monterey Court this motel is right on old Route 66 just a couple blocks from Old Town Albuquerque. ... read more
xEl Vado Motel
Central Ave. SW at New York Ave. SW
The El Vado reopened in 2019 after being closed for years ... read more
x21 Motel
2411 Central Ave.
The now gone 21 Motel was another older motel on Central Avenue . Central Avenue was the post 1937 alignment ... read more
xHacienda Motel
6214 W. Central, Albuquerque, NM
Opened as La Hacienda with 18 units and had a sunken garden. ... read more
xMac's La Sierra Coffee Shop
6217 Central Ave. NW
Look for the giant steer in the sky atop this coffee shop sign. The restaurant has been here since ... read more
xWestward Ho Motel
7500 Central Ave. SW
The Westward Ho! Motel on the west side of Albuquerque still has it's big green Saguaro Cactus sign ... read more
xUnser Garage
7700 Central Ave. SW
The original Unser Garage site and is just east of Unser Blvd. on Central Avenue SW ... read more
xGrandview Motel
9700 Central Ave. SW
The sign at the Grandview Motel on Route 66 on the west side of Albuquerque is a bit weathered and worn, but still shows a hint of it's former glory ... read more
xRio Puerco Bridge
I-40 Exit 140
The 1933 Rio Puerco bridge just west of Albuquerque became part of Route 66 when the road was realigned in 1937. ... read more

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xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.