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First and Last Motel in Texas

First and Last Motel in Texas
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Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1768 W: 0 N: 4456] (21903)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-02
Categories: Architecture, Ruins
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-02-27 10:03
Viewed: 2088
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the ghost town of Glenrio, Deaf Smith County, the First Motel in Texas, Last Motel in Texas motel can be found. The town is on the New Mexico state line and founded in about 1903 when the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad came through. Farming became the main industry and the small town later boomed after Route 66 was built and the town became a popular stopping place.

The position of Glenrio straddling the border led to separation of certain businesses. For example, the gas stations were positioned in Texas because of the lower gasoline taxes compared with New Mexico, and the 1930s State Line Bar and Motel was firmly in New Mexico because Deaf Smith County, Texas was dry.

In common with many other towns along Route 66 the by passing of Glenrio by Interstate 40 in 1973 saw the death of the town, and by 1985 only 2 residents remained.

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was filmed in Glenrio in 1938.

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6091 W: 277 N: 11813] (91048)
  • [2015-02-27 10:08]

Hello Ann ,
i like a lot the theme of abandoned buildings , even there is a little of sadness in them . The colorful composition is superb , with the sign in the Fg in an excellent pespective , the green trees , the beautiful sky .

Hello Ann,
This is a fine picture which does not really need any explanation. It tells us of a drab place off the beaten track, long forgotten and just reminding us of days gone by. The colours are very nice too. I think it would be possible to add a note in retrospect by using the edit button and avoiding all apostrophes.
Kind regards,

Hello Ann,
A scene out of an American road movie.
Taken from a good angle and nice inclusion of the signboard.
Excellent composition.
Best regards, Paul

Hello Ann,
I just cannot help but thinking of "Bagdad cafe" when I see this picture, and the soundtrack pops out immediately to my mind. The photo captures the lonely mood of this deserted place so well. Great sharp shot with superb composition. I did a WS on it, just for fun, to see how it would look like with more faded colours to emphasize the feeling of desolation and suggest a place crushed by the sun. Hope you like it !
Have a nice weekend.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11904 W: 126 N: 21539] (110347)
  • [2015-02-27 14:21]

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4190 W: 2 N: 7159] (35044)
  • [2015-02-27 17:36]

Hello Ann,
Beautiful scene with the American way.Excellent sharpness and the overall technical features. Very nice work!

Hello Ann,

Magnificent shot of the motel.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.


Hi ann,
well framed, good composition and depth effect, interesting subject, nice xposure for tones.

Hello Ann,
A rather forlorn scene very well captured. I like the framing and the placement of the various elements, which come together to form an agreeably balanced composition. The image is very well illuminated and has excellent colours and clarity. The note is a very useful addition, nicely rounding off the whole presentation.

Hi Ann
Sort of scary but a very interesting and attractive picture and note for sure
Sharpness exposure colors horizontal format black & white borders chosen pov and composition are all excellent

Hi Ann
It is places like this that I want to visit when I manage a trip to the USA. I am very much drawn to abandones places or places in decline. I have ofcourse seen the Grapes of Wrath and recognize the atmosphere. Your photo is really just my cup of tea with many fine elements and qualities. T he sign is great. The red letters are good with the red line running under the roof. I like the wear of the building and the broken windows. The sky prpoably is normal there, but it offers a life light for photography.
Super shot, Ann.
Cheers and have a great Sunday

Hello Ann! Fine place, fine cottages. Superb ligtness and colours. Fine saturation. Good contrast and sharpness. Very good frame. Well done!

Hello Ann,

Although your shot does not look like a western town, from the cowboy films, it has that same air of desolation, of windswept abandonment.
I like how you have composed this, so that we have two possible approaches, along the r/h side or under the sign, and it ensures a complete appraisal of the scene.
It is a nice, sharp exposure, with good colours.

Is it a long way away from any other settlement so that it is too remote to develop as a homestead?

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46937)
  • [2015-03-02 17:16]

Hi Ann,
I remember well that film and I would really like to visit this place that has witnessed so much. Very good capture with great colours and details. Iam sure it was a fantastic experience to follow this route.

Hi Ann - still a few Route 66 shots showing up I see; glad I did not miss them all. Love this one - despite the crumbling building it is amazing to see how well the sign has held up! It looks new and clean, with letters that are still bright! Thanks for shining a light into this little abandoned corner...


Hello Ann,

very fine picture with an excellent composition, fine colors and very good light management. I like your informative note and your contribution to TE here very much.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6636] (26862)
  • [2015-03-16 4:04]
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Hello Ann,

Just getting back to TE after quite a long break - partly due to the technical problems here and also because I've been a bit busy doing some other things - including building a new computer - I'll let Dave know about that later!

This is a delightful photograph and, together with your interesting and informative note, is a perfect upload for TE. I like the diagonal composition with all the elements very pleasingly arranged within the frame. The light and colours are perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite, especially when viewed at full size.


Kind Regards,


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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15707 W: 159 N: 27472] (144116)
  • [2015-03-19 11:23]

Hi Ann
Quelle jolie présentation, une note intéressante, bonne lumière, POV et couleurs, très jolie
Belle soirée

Hi Ann,
very nice ghost town, good contrast of colors, sharpness and light.

Hello Ann,
Beautiful presentation of this abandoned motel. Well done!
Best regards.

Hello Ann,
This motel looks so photogenic. The special atmosphere of abandoned places is particularly important in this view. It fits well with the strong light that crushes the old building. The use of the panel in your composition provides a real plus.

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