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Location DB > United States > Texas > Ranger > The Roadside Motel
The Roadside Motel
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created by Explorer Zero on 9/11/2006 8:55 PM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 9/12/2006 4:27 AM
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5 little stone and wood frame construction motel units from the pre-Holiday Inn era on maybe an acre or less right by the highway
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Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Ranger, Texas
United States
Owner: unknown
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
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    stone work, tiny hobbit like accomodations
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    Old U.S Highway 80 used to make the steep climb over these hills as a narrow and dangerous two lane blacktop. And it was too far to make it to a Ft Worth motel if you arrived here after 6:00PM in those days so there were 3 or 4 similar roadside tourist motels conveniently waiting for the weary traveler at the top of Ranger Hill.

    I wish I could find more information about this little gem. I always like to imagine the type of guests that would have stayed in these cozy little cottages. Traveling salesman on a budget, Bonnie & Clyde, maybe a family on vacation if they were really small. Two other motels from the same period can also be found nearby although they are in far worse condition. This one survived well being built better with exterior walls of flagstone and cement. The interior featured hardwood floors and tongue and groove wall boards. They dont build motels like this anymore.

    Someone made a half hearted attempt at restoration here but contemporary aluminum windows, three tab composition shingles and particle board flooring were not in keeping with the original design. There was also some pretty creative electrical wiring and makeshift plumbing done here too. Better wiring than you expect from transients but not what you would expect from a property owner either so maybe it was done by semi permanent squatters. The four rental units look as if they had rear entry car ports that were converted to create more living space.

    There is some minor vandalism and up until fairly recent, somebody was living in the larger unit that was the motel office. Another piece of 1930s nostalgic roadside decay for you roadside "UER" afficionados on the old U.S. 80 route.

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    no pool no pets
    Tue, Sep 12th, 2006
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 1/20/2013 4:11 PM.

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  • on Jan 20 13 at 16:11, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 10 13 at 0:40, Explorer Zero made this location public
  • on Sep 12 06 at 16:53, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 12 06 at 4:27, Explorer Zero made this location available
  • on Sep 12 06 at 4:27, Explorer Zero changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Sep 12 06 at 4:23, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture unit front
  • on Sep 12 06 at 4:22, Explorer Zero updated gallery no pool no pets
  • on Sep 12 06 at 4:21, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
  • on Sep 12 06 at 4:16, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture units angle
  • on Sep 12 06 at 4:16, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture office angle
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