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Old 09-15-2014, 10:48 PM
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My High School class had at least one dance there in the late 50's. I returned to college during the 60's and my fraternity had at least one gathering there. I stayed there in 77 with my family and was surprised at how things were beginning to deteriorate. Sad, because the Spanish Trail and ElCon just withered away over a fairly short period of time. Of the Three big, only the Arizona Inn remains.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:17 AM
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Originally Posted by Salpointe59 View Post
Of the Three big, only the Arizona Inn remains.
I never went to the other two, but if the Arizona Inn is any indication it's especially sad that they disappeared since they clearly could have remained successful. Based on the pictures and the stories it's a real loss.
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Old 12-20-2014, 04:21 PM
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
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Default August, 1967 Duke Ellington!

It was my 16th birthday and my family was living in the foothills overlooking Tuscon. My dad asked me what I wanted to do. After looking in the paper, I saw that Duke Ellington and his orchestra were playing in the lounge of the Spanish Trail. Bingo! It must have been a late afternoon show, as I remember it was still light outside when we left. He was greeting people in the lobby and I went up to him and told him how much I appreciated him. He smiled broadly and said, "Why thank you very much young man!". The Spanish Trail was out by itself near the I-10 but I remember it being a nice place with great food. And where else in Tucson were you going to see those kind of legendary performers?
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:32 PM
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I remember the Spanish Trails, when we use to visit there in the late 70s and mid 80s. I was with an Air National Guard unit out of Ohio, that deployed to Tucson quite often to utilize the various gunnery ranges around the state. Most always our unit was billeted at the Spanish Trails. As a group, we all really enjoyed it there and its location to the city and I-10. Rooms were very comfortable with a great restaurant and large pool. Had the best Mexican breakfasts in the area. Great entertainment in the lounge. Rumors were that back before the Las Vegas casinos got going, the Spanish Trails was visited very often by gangster Bugsy Siegel. Some of the decorations in the lounge were said to have been donated by Bugsy. Back then I-10 didn't exist and the main route went right by the front of the complex. Great memories!
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by dersu View Post
Interesting historical Arizona - vanishing - it's surprising that remnants of Spanish Trail are still there - and the old places on Miracle Mile - and just yesterday I passed the old Buckhorn Baths Motel up in Mesa.
Most of the places on Main/Apache Trail are ready to get dozed when I drove through there last. Miracle Mile Hotels are mostly still there.
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:41 PM
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My husband was head of maintenance in late 70's and early 80's. There was a partnership of three men who owned it.
Muhammed Abassi was one of the owners. Loved the swimming pool and the people working there. There was a man
whose nick name was Snake Man who sold South Western items in the lobby. He went on to Tombstone and opened a
shop. It started getting really run down in 80's. My husband had a hard time repairing things there was hardly any
money. We lived there 81-82. We did have some experiences there. Once my husband was taking our son in the stroller
around the complex and a police man motioned him to go back. They had a stake out. Another time the owners wife
called my husband and wanted him to remove a body out of the swimming pool. The police decide the man wasn't
murdered but went swimming late at night and drowned.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:20 PM
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There is a Yahoo group, called Vanishing Tucson that some here may be interested in looking into. You can get their updates in your email. They specialize in posting photos of sites already gone or those under demolition.
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Old 07-16-2015, 08:20 PM
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A fabulous place I visited often in the early 70's on business trips from So.Cal. to visit the copper mines in the area. After work the Jacuzzi was so relaxing. On several trips with the family eastbound from LA, we stayed so the four children could enjoy the pool and the train that ran around the property. The rooms were simple but clean and comfortable. So many fond memories that it's a shame to see it is gone and the picture of the dilapidated sign. Time marches on but not always for the better. The Spanish Trail was one of those special places where unfortunately I cannot turn the clock back and enjoy now when visiting southern Arizona.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:49 PM
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[url]https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206343857808062&set=pcb.101559045 75780068&type=1&theater[/url]

some recent pics of the Spanish Trail Motel that you can see if you have facebook. Not sure if you have to join the group to see them.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:29 PM
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Default Spanish Trail

I remember as a kid going there with my parents, also going to see Ernie Menehune, whom we were friends with. One story about the Spanish Trail, and Ernie Menehune was when some friend of Ernies took my parents there for their 25th wedding anniversary. While the show was going on Ernie asked my mother what song would she like them to sing for their anniversary, My mother response with Release me let me go. which Ernie sang and everyone got a great laugh out of. Rip Ernie and hopefully you will get more stories and pic's of the Spanish Trail. Rhonda Curtis
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