Coral Motel

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 0 No tags Permalink

Coral Motel – El Paso, Texas

Coral Motel retro postcard

Coral Motel
6420 Montana Street  El Paso Texas

On the Fabulous Carlsbad Cavern Highway. Finest accommodations in the Southwest. Wall-to-Wall Carpeting – Free T.V. in all rooms – Individually Controlled Heating and Refrigeration. Park your Car in Shaded carport in front of the room. Phones in every room.
Phone: Prospect 2-3263 — J. K. Coppenbarger

Color Photography by Bill Beresford C-17172
Published by Petley Studios. Phoenix Arizona

This card features the AAA logo.

Holy cats, the Coral Motel still exists and is still AAA approved lodging! From their website:

Coral Motel has a convenient one story layout with no thru traffic and only one way in and out of the property.
Covered parking is available in front of your room
 – Great for those hot summer days!

Coral Motel offers a wide variety of amenities, including:

– Air Conditioning/Heating for each room
– Wired and/or Wireless Internet (WiFi)
– Covered Parking Spaces
– Cable TV with a premium channel
– Queen Size beds in each room

Upon Request
– Microwave/ Mini Fridge/Sofabeds available

The Coral Motel gets good reviews on Yelp! Trip Advisor, and Yahoo.

In addition to his J. K. Coppenbarger was the vice president of the US Highway 180 Association in 1961 (El Paso Herald Post, Friday, April 07, 1961, Page 14). James K. Coppenbarger was born August 24, 1898 and died January 31, 1970 (details here).

Several years after his death, tragedy struck his wife Miriam (information from here): Miriam Coppenbarger was in her last week of running the Coral Motel on Montana in 1975. She was robbed at gunpoint and then shot by a 17-year-old on September 11th of that year. When police arrived, Miriam was clutching her side and remained alive just long enough to describe her attacker. The case went cold until years later when a fingerprint match was made. Update: a jury in state court sentenced Velasquez to a 29 years in prison, mirroring the number of years prosecutors said he had been free since killing Coppenbarger.

So…in other news, it’s still cold. Perhaps Macklemore was referring to me with the line “Damn! That’s a cold ass honkey.” Heh. I can’t stop singing that song. I need to get outside and take a photo of the spring progress, so you can see there really isn’t any. The crocuses are just barely poking out of the ground and everything else is still covered with snow in my yard. This article discusses the fact that spring is a month behind recent years, and it’s not expected to show up at all until the end of April. I have flat had it.

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