The Sad Ongoing Saga Of Amarillo’s Famous Triangle Motel Revisited
You and I have explored a lot of history along Route 66 together. I've written several pieces about ghost towns and landmarks. Nothing so far compares to the Triangle Motel in Amarillo.
It's an ongoing saga filled with hope, sadness, and tragedy.
The Triangle Motel And Glory Long Forgotten
When you pass by the Triangle Motel today, it's hard to imagine it being a quasi-centerpiece on Route 66. It's dilapidated; ran down. It's hardly a shell of anything.
Once, it was a bustling motor court that stood out from the rest thanks to its unique design. The building and the signage were both iconic.
Abandoned And In Disrepair, Along Comes Hope
Eventually, as is the case with many motor courts and stops along the Mother Road, the building was abandoned. Over the years it fell into disrepair. There were even plans to demolish it.
That is until one person stepped up and said they would take on the project, and restore the Triangle to its former glory.
It was a daunting task, but for a moment it seemed like the Triangle Motel would get a second lease on life. It wasn't until work began that the true nature of the job would become apparent.
The Triangle had suffered a lot of damage, and restoring it would be a colossal uphill battle.
Tragedy Strikes, And The Triangle's Future Is In Question
It's been almost a decade since the quest to restore the Triangle Motel began. What happened?
First, there's the level of repairs that need to be done. While no one believed it would be an easy task, it turned out to be a much more difficult job than what was anticipated. The repairs would not only be time consuming and difficult, but also much more expensive than previously believed.
Then, tragedy struck. The individual who had bravely stepped up to save the historic piece of Route 66 suffered the loss of their mother. She was an integral part in getting the project started. As you can easily imagine, her passing made the work all the more difficult.
It's a tragic story, and hopefully one day it will resolve into a happy ending. In the meantime, we can still drive by and admire what once was.