Day 108

The Taj Mapotty

July 12th, 2010

Or so this rest area is called by locals, who say it "sticks up like a gob of manure on a pitchfork", according to one woman. I don't think it lives up to its name*, though. It definitely seems out of place in such a desolate area, but it's really not much larger than an average Interstate rest area. It does have individual bathrooms (four for each sex), which allow for more privacy than one would expect at a rest area, but, on the other hand, it doesn't have any vending machines. And it was running on a backup generator when I was there, so the water fountains weren't even working. All in all, an underwhelming experience.

* Speaking of its name, I thought of three other possibilities: Taj Mahead, Taj Mahole, and Taj Mastall.


  1. Karen Too says:

    I like Taj Mastall.

    It is something of an eyesore, and I’d think good water pressure would be rather crucial here.

    Love the woman’s description of it.

  2. MN Roxanne says:

    Definitely Taj Mastall sounds great….bummer about the water fountains though and no vending machines?? What a disappointment.

  3. Sure does look like a huge rest area for such a remote place doesn’t it? For a rest area though it is nice looking although I can see the woman’s point of it sticking out like that.
    I’ll go with the Taj Mastall too.

  4. Candice in Alabama says:

    Beat’s what I tried to use (but couldn’t) in New Mexico on our return auto trip from California in the ’80s. This one looks clean and usable!

  5. kim says:


  6. katzien in austin says:

    I laughed out loud at those alternate names. It’s the Taj Manotty. ;-)

  7. Laurenis says:

    I like the Taj Mastall personally. While it’s mute gray paint makes this a bit of an eye sore, there’s also something very….comforting about this building. If there were a storm and I was stuck in the highway or something, this would be a welcome reprieve in my opinion. What I’m wondering, though, is who’s watching you on that security camera there??

  8. Jeff says:

    Taj MaLaTrine….
    Potty humor…3 stalls….guy running to first: Nationality – Russian. Guy in second: Nationality Himalayen…Guy running from third…Nationality…Finish. SISU.

  9. Craig ( NC!) says:

    Taj Mastall !

  10. Matt M says:

    Texas has the nicest rest areas I have seen in the US. One I saw had some private locking rooms where you could shower. They also had a little museum about the history of the area.

    If you have the means to get there I highly recommend it. They are so choice.

    Also, there is a bathroom at a park in Illinois where the city spent quite a bit of money on. The residents did not like the use of the tax money and they called that one the “Posh Potty”. I am all for really nice public restrooms.

  11. Roe says:

    Better than the 5 gallon cans with a toilet seat in a stall that I remember from when I was little driving to WA state with my family! Oh wait, showing my age!, my dad said THEYwere an improvement on NONE.

  12. Lori says:

    Everything was in working order when I stopped here a couple of years ago. Tonight we’re gonna POTTY like it’s 1999!

  13. 'gina says:

    taj mastall hands down!!

  14. Janine says:

    *ROFL* I’m so glad you’re back, Matt!

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