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Picture Show: No Lifeguard on Duty

J. Bennett Fitts traveled some 20,000 miles to produce "No Lifeguard on Duty," an investigation of America's forgotten...

J. Bennett Fitts traveled some 20,000 miles to produce "No Lifeguard on Duty," an investigation of America's forgotten roadside motels. These vestiges of an earlier era-when families packed into their cars for summer vacations via two-lane highways-now exist in various stages of operation and disrepair. With their parking-lot-adjacent swimming pools prominently in the foreground, the motels reveal a decayed Americana and a near permanent sense of vacancy. However, beyond the cracked paint and the decrepit chain-links lies the nostalgia of life on the open road.


Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colton, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Huntington, West Virginia

Inland Empire, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Mojave, California

North Shore, California

Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida

Salton Sea, California

Salton Sea, California

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Victorville, CaliforniaView the complete series here.
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