Arizona is a state that cares very deeply about their image. Sedona forcing McDonald's hand to change their logo to a quaint teal to match the desert landscape should tell you as much.

The Teal Sedona McDonalds
Credit: Google Earth

Not every part of the Grand Canyon State is easy on the eyes, however.

The Old Spanish Trail Motel

Built sometime in the 1930s, the Spanish Trail Motel quickly became one of Tucson's hotspots. With a lounge, golf course, pool, and bowling alley, the motel became a staple of the growing town.

Postcard for The Spanish Trail Motel in the 60s
Credit: Spanish Trail Motel

When Tucson exploded in popularity in the late 50s and early 60s, so to did the Spanish Trail's popularity. The motel was renovated in the 60s, adding a restaurant and many other quality of life improvements.

The Spanish Trail wasn't just a Tucson exclusive, movie stars as big as John Wayne would frequently visit to take in the sights and sounds of the west coast's quirkiest city.

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Out With The Old...

The current state of the Spanish Trail Motel
Credit: Google Earth

The march of time is inevitable, and the Spanish Trail Motel was not immune to father Time's grasp. By the 1990s, popularity had started winding down as we entered a new age of American consumerism, and by the late 90s, the Spanish Trail Motel was a husk of its former self, literally.

Since its closing and subsequent stripping for parts, the Old Spanish Trail Motel just... sits there.

Another view of the run down building
Credit: Google Earth

Nowadays, the Motel remains a staple of Tucson, and one people want gone. It has yet to be torn down, and sits along Tucson's East Benson Highway reminding people that the past is gone, and it won't be coming back.

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