Log Cabin Motel: Another Quirky Phoenix Landmark Turned To Rubble
Earlier this month, the Log Cabin Motel, located at 2515 East Van Buren Street, was torn to bits. Of the 200 or so lodging centers that used to reside along Phoenix's most storied thoroughfare, the Log Cabin was arguably the street's most iconic.
|The sign is all that remains.|
Beginning in the 1950s, a working water wheel and a gift shop selling cactus candy made the joint a distinct Phoenix attraction, according to an editorial in the Fall 2006 edition of SCA Journal by former New Times contributor Douglas Towne.
|A circa 1950s view of the Log Cabin Motel.|
But the spot had boutique-hotel potential, especially with the Valley Metro Light Rail and its resulting urban resurgence. The 24th and Washington streets station is located less than a half-mile from the site, and is a five-minute ride from the 44th and Washington streets station, which serves Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
|An alt-view of the destruction.|
But instead, it's just another sad dirt lot in a city chock-full of them.