The emergence and development of automobile-oriented lodging in Albuquerque follows
national trends, but with our own special local flavor. Starting out as primitive campgrounds at
the edge of town on newly-established national highway routes, these businesses re-invent
themselves by adding services and amenities to attract increasing numbers of travelers. Over
time, they call themselves camps, cabins, courts, motels, motor hotels and lodges. They
flourish and decline as highway routes are realigned. Advertising postcards provide us with a
wonderful portrait of Albuquerque's motel businesses from 1920 to the present.