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Historic Route 66 in California
It's about 300 miles from Needles to the Santa Monica Pier along Route
66, and in Los Angeles alone there are several alignments. We'll focus
on what may be the easiest path to avoid getting lost.
2420 Needles Highway
The sign outside says "since 1978" and the place certainly
fits the spirit of the old road, even if 1978 was near the end the
of Mother Road's historic heyday.
3395 Needles Hwy.
This neat little vintage motel and RV park are the real deal when
it comes to what early travelers on the Mother Road might have encountered.
Goffs School House
37198 Lanfair Rd.
Now houses a museum with limited hours. The wood frame stuccoed
Goff's Schoolhouse was built in 1914 with one big classroom, a large
library and two covered porches.
Public participation art or graffiti? Stop, spend a few minutes,
check out the ruins, take a few photos, then you decide.
Roy's Cafe &
This is one of the more famous stops along the original Route 66.
The station dates back to the 1920's but famous sign first appeared
6835 Ludlow Road
The Ludlow Cafe has a modified A-Frame design. It formerly was called
the Friend's Coffee Shop. Grab a seat in the cafe for a meal or
a snack and enjoy this cool window.
46548 National Trails Highway,
Built in 1975 this cafe was featured in the 1987 movie by the same
name. The cafe was also formerly named the Sidewinder Cafe.
Ski Lodge Style
National Trails Rd. at Daggett/Yermo Rd.
Marie Millet turned her house into a cafe to feed travelers and
the inspectors that worked at the agriculture inspection station.
del Desierto Harvey House
685 N. First Avenue.
The Route 66 Mother Road Museum is in the wonderfully restored Harvey
House along with the Western American RR Museum and the Amtrak station.
195 West Main Street
Several antique cars can be found in the parking lot and carports
of the 1922 Route 66 Motel in Barstow.
24266 National Trails Hwy
Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch is almost beyond description. It's
a visual delight that brings new life to the idea of creative recycling!
16825 D St.
The museum is crammed full of Route 66 memorabilia and staffed by
a very friendly group of people.
5970 Mariposa Rd
Sadly this landmark was destroyed by the Blue Cut fire on August
This Summit Inn was established in 1952 and Cecil "C.A."
Stevens purchased both the Texaco station and restaurant from the
original builder, Burt Riley in 1966.
2728 E Foothill Blvd.
This Wigwam Motel is the seventh and last Wigwam Village to be built.
It was built in 1949 and renovated in 2004.
9670 Foothill Blvd.
This charming old Richfield Gas Station was undergoing restoration
when this photo was taken in 2013.
1633 East Colorado Blvd.
The Saga Motel dates back to the 1950s and there's a large pool
in the courtyard for those who'd like to splash around a bit after
a day of exploring Route 66.
W. Colorado Blvd.
This historic bridge was placed on the NRHP in 1981.
Rogers Hwy Marker
Ocean Ave at Santa Monica Blvd.
This simple plaque marks the west end of the Will Rogers Highway.
It is mounted on an angled stone base on the beach side of Ocean
Ave at Santa Monica Blvd.
Colorado Ave at Ocean Ave.
In 1909 the 1,600 foot long Municipal Pier was built and in 1916
Looff's Pleasure Pier opened with a carousel in the Hippodrome.
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