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BAKER, Calif. — Situated in the middle of this really tiny desert town, Arne's Royal Hawaiian motel was probably never anything but a rest stop for drivers en route to Las Vegas or Death Valley National Park.

Call me morbid, but on a recent trek back from Vegas, I had to pull over on Route 15 and take a look.

After all, the motel still stands. It's not boarded up, knocked down or awaiting demolition. It just sits there, a ghost of its former self, without even bothering with a "closed" sign.

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