The old Zia Motor Lodge has been gone from this corner for years. But like a loyal sentry, this fabulous mid-century neon sign, with its cool atomic-era sunburst towering above the main sign, still stands at attention on the perimeter of the vacant lot.
The original Route 66 motel was constructed back in 1938 – this neon sign is likely from the late 1950s or early 1960s, and despite some cracks and rust, is in remarkably decent condition. Next to the word Zia is a small Native American medallion.
Brief historical background, from Roadside Architecture:
The Zia Motor Lodge was built around 1938 as the Zia Lodge. By 1961, a smaller zia symbol sign was replaced with this one. The sign panel came from the Sentry Hiway House motel and was reworked for the Zia Lodge. The starburst at the top of the sign flashed at night. The motel was demolished in 2005 but this sign remains on the vacant lot.
Classic Film says it very well in her comment under this photo so I’ll just quote it here for those that don’t click through.