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Monday, September 19, 2011



Recently re-lighted neon starburst over the Bel-Aire Motel shot from across the street. (Daylight view.)

On Route 66, the motel was a popular destination for families back in the day. It had a sparkling swimming pool between the parking lot and the road. There was also a concrete seal fountain. Don Ameche stayed there when he performed in Springfield. (Okay, I just made that up; but he might have since he did perform here in the 30s and 40s).

These days, it's mostly home to a few permanent residents of the unfortunate kind, the occasional, but wayward one night stand, some cons on the hoof, and all the problems of everyone who stays there brings with them. Every few years someone comes along and declares the place should be condemned or that the city should buy it and turn it into a Route 66 museum (as if that would ever happen) and everyone gets on their soapbox. And then it quiets down until the next time.

I was just happy to see that star, which had been dark for so long, lit up.

Posted by Marie at September 19, 2011 10:33 PM


So what are you saying, this is not the place to book a room when I come visit?

That starburst kind of looks like Frosty. I teared up a little.

Posted by: Dave E. Author Profile Page at September 20, 2011 7:13 PM

Dave, you definitely don't want to stay there. Frosty lives on at the Bel-Aire.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at September 20, 2011 10:58 PM

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