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Route 66 and the El Don Motel, Albuquerque by Mitchell Tillison

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This is the front entrance of the El Don motel, which is a Route 66 survivor on Albuquerque’s Central Avenue, in New Mexico. This is one of the 12 neon signs across New Mexico that have been restored through federal grant money, in a project headed by Route 66 booster JohnnieV.

Pentax K20D, 1/13 @ F4.5, ISO 400, 18mm handheld


  • tpphotography
    tpphotographyalmost 6 years ago

    Love it!!!

  • Thanks, Teresa! You are very kind and I appreciate your time and comments.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Jerri Johnson
    Jerri Johnsonalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful color…great night capture…aren’t those neon signs just the best?

  • I do love neon, and am lucky to be on Route 66, which gives it a little more context. Thanks for your comment!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Joan Wild
    Joan Wildalmost 6 years ago

    I like this. I like streetscapes, especially at night.

  • Thanks, WildThing!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • lucin
    lucinalmost 6 years ago

    How I love motel signs. You have found and deliveredly wonderfully a great one.

  • Thanks, Lucin!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Patricia Montgomery
    Patricia Montg...almost 6 years ago

    A great neon sign that is very representative of Route 66!! Very nice night capture!

  • Thank you, Patricia!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Sally P  Moore
    Sally P Moorealmost 6 years ago

    This is one of my favorite Neons. Takes me back to the last time I was in Albuquerque and makes me want to go to the Frontier for Huevos Rancheros right this minute. A welcome addition to the Neon Heaven Group.

  • Thanks so much, Sally! I didn’t quite make it to the Frontier for lunch today, but I did have a green chile veggie burger at Mannie’s, which is just up the street, at Central and Girard.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 6 years ago

    Cool place and photo!!

  • Thank you!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 6 years ago

    I’m having a blast enjoying your night shots … you create magic with the neons!!!!!! Love all of them!!!!!

  • Thanks, so much, Lois. We’ll have to form a mutual admiration pact, because I am a big fan of your work!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture on the light and I love the openess and carefree abandon of this shot. Seems like the perfect place to just crash for the night before embarking on a journey into wherever. Somewhere to go just get lost

  • Thank you, Stuart! I think our city leaders have done a great job with the Route 66/Central Avenue revitalization project. We really are a great place for a getaway!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Antonio Arcos aka fotonstudio
    Antonio Arcos ...almost 6 years ago

    you captured the essence of the road life, I love to drive, I love this shot ;-)

  • Thanks, FotonStudio. I’m honored that you like it – your portfolio is fantastic!

    – Mitchell Tillison

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