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Location DB > United States > Texas > Abilene > The Sahara Motel
The Sahara Motel
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created by Explorer Zero on 7/13/2006 4:00 PM
last modified by Dee Ashley on 3/21/2016 9:31 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A condemned one story brick and concrete motel of about 25 units with an office and swimming pool on a less traveled route.

Notices have been posted at this property with regard to municipal hearings and code violations.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: It's gone.
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Abilene, Texas
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • flooding
  • water
  • debris, human excrement and other assorted filth
  •  Interesting Features
    Old style 1950s motor hotel with TV, refrigerated air and pool.

    According to Google Maps, not even the rubble was left behind.
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
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    The Interstate Highway system paved a safe and efficient pathway across America but it came at the expense of many small businesses even entire towns on the older U.S Routes like 66 and 80. They simply dried up and went under for lack of traffic.

    Old Highway 80, The Bankhead Highway as it was officially named was two dangerous narrow lanes of asphalt stretching from coast to coast that would come to be known as The Broadway of America. If you needed to drive a long way east or west bound this was your road.

    A new generation of automobile travelers created a growth market for convenient and inexpensive motor hotels that sprang up in small towns and at major crossroads. Most faded away when the Interstate bypassed them though. Holiday Inns and LaQunitas took their place but still a few, like the Sahara hung on until only recently.
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     Future Plans
    A bulldozer no doubt.

    *2016: You are indeed a prophet! Done.

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    Unsafe for human occupancy
    Sat, Jul 15th, 2006
    posted by Explorer Zero
    18 pictures

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    Category Rating
    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 3/22/2016 3:07 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 22 16 at 3:07, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 21 16 at 21:31, Dee Ashley changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Mar 21 16 at 21:30, Dee Ashley changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Mar 21 16 at 21:29, Dee Ashley changed the following: Recommendation
  • on Mar 21 16 at 21:28, Dee Ashley changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Interesting Features
  • on Nov 5 14 at 0:19, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Nov 4 14 at 22:31, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Minimalistic
  • on Nov 4 14 at 22:30, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Street view
  • on Nov 4 14 at 22:30, Explorer Zero reordered images in gallery Unsafe for human occupancy
  • on Nov 4 14 at 22:28, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Deep end
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