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Moments in Time: The El Rancho

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The Ladies Of El Rancho -- The El Rancho was one of the most popular restaurants and motels of its day. Located on MacCorkle Avenue in St. Albans, the El Rancho boasted the best food and live entertainment this side of Charleston. Radio shows were broadcast from the El Rancho and dance contests held. Naturally, the theme was Western, but often the entertainment might show up in cowboy outfits or even tuxedos. Most customers dressed up when dining there, something that’s rarely done today. This is a publicity photo from the early ’60s, showing the staff of ladies that made the El Rancho THE great place to be.

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