|City/Town: • Woodward|
|Location Class: • Hotel/Motel|
|Built: • ~1950 | Abandoned: • ~2000s|
|Status: • Demolished|
|Photojournalist: • AbandonedOK Team|
The 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.
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.
Gallery Below of Del Camino Motel
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