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Del Camino Motel

Del Camino Motel

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Built: ~1950 | Abandoned: ~2000s
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: AbandonedOK Team

Del Camino MotelThe Del Camino Motel or when it first got its start around 1950 as the Del Camino Courts located in Woodward, Oklahoma was one of the most interesting examples of a motel that we had ever seen. Reminding us of the Rio Siesta Motel with its Texas-style design. The motel was furnished with Franciscan furniture, tile baths, carpeted floors, panel ray heating, and electric blankets. It was owned by the wonderful Ogden family who poured their heart and soul into the business for ten years.

Over the short decade, the motel received lots of recognition in the area as one of the finest motels there ever was, allowing for eight more units to be added in 1952. The Del Camino Motel was given the Wallace Tourist Guide Award in 1958 because of its high standards and class. It was only one of two in the city to have a swimming pool and was a tourist hotspot. And in addition to their popular motel, they opened up the Del Camino Apartments in 1958 as well just East of the motel. Just a year later the construction of their swimming, only the fourth in Woodward was underway. Heated and 16×40 feet long it was of luxury quality.

Del Camino Motel
Del Camino Motel ca. 1961

On August 1, 1961, the Texas-style Motel was sold by the Ogden’s to Mr. and Mrs. Stan Wood. They were welcomed by the Ogden’s with a lovely message, “We wish them all the luck and pleasure we have enjoyed serving the nicest people in the world, our customers. Thank you for the many favors these past ten years.” The Wood’s welcomed their new business venture with an announcement to their new customers, “We will do our best to serve Woodward’s and our fine visitors and help them enjoy their stay here in Woodward and its great trade and recreational areas.”

One of the last newspaper articles found was that of a fire in 1964 at the motel that affected the office and living quarters. Firefighters were up against strong winds, rain and hail taking them almost an hour to get the blaze under control. Afterward, they took the time to help cover the roof of the building to protect it from further disaster from the rain. The units were fine but the office and living quarters was deemed to probably be a total loss. The cause of the fire was determined to be that of a neon tube that went around the roof of the building.

The motel stayed in business well into the nineties but was mostly used for long-term guests, most being nearby oil field workers. Its believed it officially closed down sometime in the early 2000s and was then left abandoned. Around 2012 the motel was bulldozed to make way for the NAPA Autoparts that sits there now.




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Travis
Travis
1 year ago

It’s to bad it was torn down I really like the sign and the front lobby it’s very vintage.

Natalie
Natalie
5 years ago

They've torn the place down and built a Napa Auto Parts store in its place.

Negril Hotel
6 years ago

Great hotel…so beautiful

TkTownsend
9 years ago

The Del Camino Motel was bulldozed, and Napa Auto parts store was built in it's place.

R. Bourne
R. Bourne
9 years ago

This motel is gone now. Was located NE corner of 26th st. and Oklahoma (hwy 412)- search Google maps. It's a dirt lot but you can still see the sign foundation. Wonder where the sign went? Hopefully it wasn't just tossed in the landfill. Mesa, AZ still has several of these little motor court motels that have been restored but still many were not and now used as vagrant living. The retro signs are still in place though.

melissa
melissa
9 years ago

this was and always will be the del camino. not the starlight…grew up in woodward oklahoma…….

Susan
Susan
9 years ago

This hotel was leveled about a year ago and I think there's a mechanic's garage going up in its place.

Rick
Rick
10 years ago

Del Camino. Buddy Woods' family used to own it and run it. That was in the '60s and '70s. I used to trade bottles at the Phillips 66 that used to be across 26th to the west. Buddy was in the cub scouts like everybody else and you could get anywhere in town on a bicycle. Times were good.

Doe Puck
Doe Puck
10 years ago

I must buy that motel so I can raise wild elephants…..really….I do….

Bubba Jones
Bubba Jones
Reply to  Doe Puck
5 years ago

You raised your fat daughter so you already have experience raising elephants.

Sue
Sue
10 years ago

I think the best place for a hotel is in soup o.0

Sue
Sue
Reply to  Sue
10 years ago

ummmm…I like soup….

Dan
Dan
10 years ago

I am pretty sure Melissa is correct. This was the Del Camino Motel. Perhaps it was once named something else.? I can remember it circa 1980 when it was home to lots of oil field workers. Hotels and apartments were overflowing. People were living at Boiling Springs State Park and even storage units. Someone told me this motel was recently leveled? I have not been to Woodward in several years, so I can't confirm that fact.

melissa
melissa
10 years ago

this is the del camino motel.

Tery
Tery
11 years ago

The pool pictures are too funny!!'Love 'em!!! Too bad the old sign is not intact it is so "retro"—-neat—-take care Tery

jon
jon
11 years ago

It was actually still in business in the early 90's. I tried to rent a room there for me and my girlfriend. It didn't work out to well as we were told to go home. It's located on 26th and Oklahoma and it's a massive eyesore in a town full of other eyesores.

Mike Dart
Mike Dart
11 years ago

I want that vintage clock, the stuffed animal and the painting above the stuffed animal that is in the check in area lol. And I bet if you woulda looked at the shampoo bottles on top of the cabinet, it woulda given an idea about what time the motel was closed.

Emily
Emily
12 years ago

Wow…I lived in Woodward when I was a child and I remember this motel. I just can't remember the name! I'll have to ask my mom…she grew up there. Crazy…the name of the motel was actually attached when I lived there.

Jason Rutledge
12 years ago

It is indeed the old Starlight Hotel. I learned to swim in their pool. Not sure, but I think it closed down in the mid-80s.

melissa
melissa
Reply to  Jason Rutledge
10 years ago

no it is the del camino

Mona
Mona
12 years ago

It looks like the old Starlight Motel out on 39th Expressway.to me. They put in a fraidy hole after the 1971-2 tornadoes ran down 39th Expressway. But I could be wrong. 🙂

Nik
Nik
12 years ago

That has got to be the best hotel sign i've seen in ages. the guest check in area looked like it was still in service.. wonder how long ago it closed down..

kent
kent
12 years ago

see you've been out west…. glad you got time to post these

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