There was a time when the signs for every decent motel in Tucson shimmered in neon vibrance along the “Miracle Mile” entryway into town. Now all but a handful of them are dark or gone from those days when riding the “open road” was often a family adventure. The 1940s-vintage Tropicana “motor hotel” is long gone, but its sign and three more were rescued, rehabilitated, relocated, and put back on display in 2014 near the downtown campus of Pima Community College. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

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