This Must Be a Route 66 Hotel, Right?

This Must Be a Route 66 Hotel, Right?

This must be a Route 66 hotel, right? A hotel borne of car culture, a lonely stop among the cacti on the most famous two lane highway through the American southwest. Right?

cadillac hotel

Actually, it’s not. It’s about as far from Route 66 as you can imagine. This is the Cadillac Hotel, also known as the Range Line Tavern, in Cadillac, Saskatchewan. I’m not sure of the present status, but at one time, it was for sale with an asking price of $175,000 (Canadian), and a lot of details are included in the listing: The main floor is a complete bar with a full-commercial kitchen, and there are twelve hotel rooms on the upper floor.

From a pure appearance standpoint, I was fascinated with this place when I discovered it on Google Street View. I was desperate to get this shot of the front of the establishment because it spoke to me as a place out-of-place… a boarding house that belonged in the high desert, but instead materialized on the Canadian prairie. You can order a fine art print of the Cadillac Hotel here.

Unfortunately, just as I arrived in Cadillac, a gentleman in a white truck parked right in front of the door, which prevented me from getting the shot I wanted. So, instead, I photographed a few other places around Cadillac, then went down the road and photographed Admiral, Saskatchewan, and an abandoned 6-arch bridge, and when I traveled back through Cadillac a little later in the day, the man in the white truck was just driving away, and I was able to get the shot I had been hoping for.

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

Cadillac’s main deserted place is the former Cadillac School. The memorial plaque on the front is dated 1930–1966, and there was a class reunion in 1995.

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

I’m just guessing, but it looks like the school that served Cadillac before the big brick one is the little white one out back.

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

Cadillac is in southern Saskatchewan, about 240 kilometers southwest of Regina, or about 215 kilometers southeast of Medicine Hat, Alberta. It is along Highway 13, also known as the Red Coat Trail–the approximate route taken by the North-West Mounted Police in 1874 during their campaign to bring law and order to the Canadian west.

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

A decaying Buick waits in the tall grass of Cadillac.

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

Cadillac is also along another historic route known as the “Ghost Town Trail.” The presence of a number of ghost towns and abandoned places along the route is what drew my interest, initially. Visitors should not misunderstand, though. Even with the presence of a number of impressive deserted places, Cadillac, Saskatchewan has a population reportedly around 100 and is not a ghost town.

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

The sign on the front says “PrairieGirlz Grocery.”

Cadillac, Saskatchewan

Our Lady of Confidence Roman Catholic Parish holds mass Sunday mornings at 8:00 am.

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6 thoughts on “This Must Be a Route 66 Hotel, Right?

  1. The bar is indeed still for sale. The lady also owns the antique store in the St. Andrew’s church in Admiral. The old Cadillac school was purchased by an artist many years ago and is apparently filled with art work. He is apparently in his 80s now and doesn’t come to Cadillac often any more.

  2. That is my daughter that owns the Cadillac Hotel. I enjoyed seeing the pictures you presented. She has made it somewhere to go and enjoy with the good food and cold beer.

  3. Buick is a 1957 Buick. Four=holer on the side fenders indicates semi-luxury car status.

    Any way to get more info on the artist and his work?

    (from former resident of North Dakota near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan areas, and former resident of Alberta.)

  4. Cadillac school closed in 2003. We had 12 students K-6 (me being one of them). The artist used to visit every summer, I believe he still does!
    Great shots of my hometown.

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