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Tue, Oct. 22

Letter: Tearing down the old Prescott Valley Motel


It seems every time I pick up the paper there is a new and shocking development reported.

This time it is the story concerning the tearing down of the beloved Prescott Valley Motel to make room for a Super Circle K. Yah, like we really need another one of those like we need another Starbucks. There is a Circle K in the next block and another down the road about two miles. How about an El Pollo Loco chicken restaurant? That is better and more needed than a Circle K.

But this editorial is not about what to build.

The most recognizable tourist landmark coming into town is the motel sign. Until recently I have noticed the parking lot to be full which included big-rig trucks. So it is not lack of business. The motel is a major part of Old Town Prescott Valley and as such deserves more respect than a wrecking ball.

In 1966 or so when they promoted the land sales to Midwest residents it was at the motel the visiting buyers stayed. The motel in a sense helped create Prescott Valley.

In Los Angeles at one time they tore down the Original Walt Disney Studios to make way for a supermarket. A bronze plaque now denotes the location of the former studios. Is that to be the fate of the wonderful Prescott Valley Motel, a bronze plaque? I hope at least they keep and maintain the landmark neon sign.

Wayne T. Nelson

Prescott Valley

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