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Hotel California

Hotel California

by The Eagles


Mission Bell

The bell that you would find at the top of a Spanish mission in the American Southwest or Mexico.

Album Cover

The cover for the 1976 album Hotel California, with a photo of a Spanish mission at sunset.

The Eagles

A photo of the Eagles "takin' it easy."

Desert Highway

The highways in the American Southwest have become an iconic part of the myth of the open road.

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