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The Motel in Albuquerque

The Motel in Albuquerque

Photo by Nicolas Cool via Unsplash

Gone are the days (if they every really existed) of the open road, the giant ball of twine and the family truckster packed with Grandma, Sparky and 2.3 children asking if they are there yet from the backseat. In the '50s and '60s, the mythology of the West was largely a fictional manifestation spurred on by cheap gas, paid vacations and Baby Boomers watching “Rawhide” from Eastern suburbs, but here in Albuquerque, we were ready to receive them. Former Albuquerque Library manager Joe Sabatini speaks on the evolution of Albuquerque motels, and the role of automobiles and highway systems that brought people to them, on Monday, Aug. 19 at 1pm the Loma Colorado Main Library in Rio Rancho. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see (Clarke Condé)

Monday Aug 19, 2019

755 Loma Colorado NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Phone: 891-5013 ext. 3032



Joe Sabatini discusses motels and the automobile in Albuquerque, starting as campgrounds on newly-established national highway routes and their reinvention to accommodate more travelers.

Join former Albuquerque Library Manager Joe Sabatini for a discussion of motels and the automobile in Albuquerque. Starting out as primitive campgrounds at the edge of town on newly-established national highway routes, these businesses re-invent themselves by adding services and amenities for the increasing numbers of travelers. They flourish and decline as highway routes are realigned.