The vintage El Don Motel on historic U.S. Route 66
— the onetime “Mother Road” from Chicago
, to Santa Monica
, during the “golden years” of family automobile travel from the 1930s to 1950s — as it winds, still largely intact, through Albuquerque
, the largest city in New Mexico
. On the postcards it gave to guests, it touted its “Tubs and Showers. Tiled Baths. Free Radios. Air Conditioned. Wall-O-Matic Heat,” with “Restaurants near. “ Photo by Carol Highsmith 2020.