The Route 66 De Anza Association preserves, collects, exhibits and interprets historical information, cultural artifacts, art and craft memorabilia and oral histories that concentrate on the unique cultural experiences of Route 66 in New Mexico. The Association also identifies resources, conducts research, provides documentation and hosts educational presentations for the general public regarding the history of Route 66 including the unique relationship between Albuquerque’s De Anza Motor Lodge and the Zuni Pueblo.
The Association is dedicated to the preservation of the historical and cultural significance of the De Anza Motor Lodge located on Central & Washington Avenues on historic Route 66 (1936–1968 alignment). The De Anza was a major economic, social and political center in Albuquerque from 1939 to 1983.
When Route 66 received federal designation and was rerouted through Albuquerque, it became a main economic driver impacting all of Central New Mexico’s diverse populations including Native Americans. The history and ties to Native Americans are important to understand the De Anza’s unique status as an historic property.
Have Memories of De Anza?
We’d love to hear about your memories of De Anza Motor Lodge. Whether you stayed at De Anza, ate at the Turquoise Café or shopped in the lobby, we’d love to hear all about it!