The Last Iconic Route 66 Landmark In Amarillo Saved From Fiery End….For Now
All of us are familiar with what was once the Ranchotel. Yesterday afternoon, the relic of the Mother Road narrowly escaped a fiery demise. .
The Ranchotel: Amarillo's Forgotten Route 66 Landmark
Ranchotel has an interesting history, which we've covered before. The state of it now is heartbreaking, knowing what it once was.
Ranchotel was once a popular motor court on Route 66. During its heyday, people from all over stopped while traveling along the Mother Road.
As is the case with pretty much everything Route 66 related, once the interstate came the number of patrons dried up. Eventually, it became what we know it to be now; a dilapidated ghost from a time and way of life that is lost to antiquity.
A Fire At Ranchotel On February 15
Earlier this week, Amarillo Fire Department responded to a call. That call was about heavy smoke coming from one of the rooms at Morning Star Motel, or Ranchotel.
Thankfully, they arrived before the fire grew out of hand. The quick action prevented any further damage could be caused to the motel or neighboring structures.
According to a post on social media from AFD, there was no one on the scene at the time and the origin of the blaze was determined to be a pile of "contents" that had caught fire.
The fire was ruled accidental and according to investigators on scene, the cause was likely to be cigarettes that had been improperly discarded by the transients known to take shelter in the property.
Kudos to AFD for their quick response and quick work.
The Unfortunate State Of Ranchotel
It would be nice to see Ranchotel get another chance at life. It would be great if there were someone who could take the building and do something with it.
Instead it sits, and with the weather being as cold as it has been at night, who knows when the next incident like this will happen.