Sunday, October 28, 2007

A Fond Fairwell to a Fine Motel
The Wishing Well
A Route 66 Landmark.

Faithful readers, we shall come to Day 4 in our Feasting on Americana travels soon. But, for a moment, let us bid a fair adieu to an icon of Route 66 - The Wishing Well Motel.

This legacy to leisure-time is about to be demolished.
Permits have been filed.
Here she is in her glory.

When I heard of the motel's imminent demise, I grabbed my camera and headed over. Luckily, it's only 10 minutes from my home. Truth be told, by the time you read this, the motel might already be gone. I'm sad to see her go.

Built in 1941, the motel was respite for vacationers, businessmen and entertainers such as Guy Lombardo. Here is a nice article on the history of the Wishing Well Motel.

Sure, it's a bit dated, but Kathleen J. Miller's article nicely captures the owner's dedication to the vintage hideaway. Sadly, Mrs. Vidas passed away a couple of years ago.

As of last Tuesday, the motel was boarded up and fenced in. But, the wishing well itself was fully accessible. I snapped a few shots while I could.

Goodbye Wishing Well Motel.
You were a refuge to many a weary traveler along Route 66.
And, I thank you.

Update -
The motel was demlished on Tuesday, November 13, 2007.
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1 comment:

gerbmom said...

Very Cool Dana,
Interested in headin out to do a section of Rt 66? I've always wanted to.....

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