Archive for the ‘U.S. 80’ category

A refreshing rest

May 11, 2007

Stop in at the Round-Up Motel in Tucson, Ariz. Located on U.S. Highway 80, this ranch-style motel lured in travelers from the hot Arizona sun by offering air-conditioning. This postcard example and business card are from the early 1950s. Lucky for you, the motel is still in operation today.

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Stopping for directions in Arizona

April 6, 2007

U.S. Highway 80 cuts a straight line through this little town southwest of Phoenix. In this photo, from the mid-1950s, Gila Bend, Ariz. had all the services a traveler needed. Several gas stations, including Richfield can be seen. The older Stout’s Hotel, on the left, does its best to attract business. It shares a building with a soda fountain. I love the moment of conversation between service station attendant and an out-of-state motorist. Maybe he was getting directions?

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