The importance of this site is unparalleled in Albuquerque history.

Route 66
The mother road. America's longest main street ran from Navy Pier in Chicago to Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles.  Only in New Mexico could this run north south for a few years, then east west for a few years, actually crossing itself at 4th and Central. 

Governor Juan Bautisa de Anza
In most histories, he may be best known for founding the presidio that would become San Francisco, California, in the summer of 1776. But in our part of the world, de Anza is celebrated for being the first person to write about the upper San Luis Valley, Poncha Pass, and the Salida area.  He was governor of New Mexico for the Spanish crown from 1778-1788.

De Anza--named for a Spanish governor that discovered San Francisco, and was governor for the NM territory for a decade.  Developed by an well respected business man and anglo who traded with the Native Americans. Built with Zuni craftsmen using Zuni rock, material and labor.

The De Anza Motor Lodge epitomizes the mingling of New Mexico's cultures, traditions, and history.

Motel Americana
Regarding the De Anza, Wallace once explained:
I was selling my Indian goods around the country, and every hotel I stopped at, I had to haul my mugs and jewelry up and down the stairs. I saw the need for motels. Didn't have to walk up and down those stairs. Park right at your door. It was a miracle!

- Charles Garret Wallace--developer/owner/trader of the De Anza Motor Lodge

Cultural Treasure
De Anza Motor Lodge is a historically significant property for the  Nobhill/Highland area, for the City of Albuquerque, for Route 66, and for the nation.