The neon sign for the famous El Rancho Hotel on Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico. Advertised as the “Home of Movie Stars”.
Constructed in 1936 for R.E. "Griff" Griffith, the brother of the famous movie director D.W. Griffith, the El Rancho Hotel was designed by architect Joe Massaglia. The hotel has all the grandeur of old Hollywood and a picturesque "fantasy of the Old West," rustic western style rarely found in Gallup.
From the very beginning and until the mid-1960s, El Rancho was the center of the movie industry in Gallup. The Griffith brothers encouraged movie makers to use their hotel as its base for their stars and crew because of its proximity to striking western landscapes and its extravagant elegance boasting of superior service with its employees trained by the famous Fred Harvey Company.
The El Rancho Hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
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February 23rd, 2022
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