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Amboy & Bagdad, CA

This tiny community on the National Trails Highway was bypassed by I-40 in 1972. Still it is one of the most famous stops on Route 66. more
xGuardian Lions
East of Amboy on 66
These Chinese guardian lions showed up here in 2013, one holds an embroidered ball and the other shelters a ... read more
xShoe Tree
East of Amboy on 66
About 1/4 mile East of Amboy at Bridge 80 the fallen tree still collects shoes. I guess you'd call it public participation art ... read more
Amboy School
Route 66
The old school is still standing just west of Roy's with some talking of creative reuse in the future ... read more
xRoy's Cafe & Motel
Route 66
One of the more famous stops along the original Route 66. The complex dates back to the 1920's ... read more
xSt. Raymond Church
Route 66, Amboy, CA
This church was dedicated in 1951 and closed in 1970. It was designed to hold about 100 people. ... read more
xAmboy Crater
Route 66
About a mile west of Amboy is a paved parking area and restrooms. Climbing to the top is not recommended from spring to fall ... read more

No longer even a ghost town, Bagdad is about eight miles west of Amboy.

xBagdad Cafe
Route 66 at Bagdad Rd.
This is the former home of the Bagdad Cafe, now marked by a lonely little tree. But there is plenty of room to park ... read more

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More about Amboy
The town on the National Trails Highway dates back to 1858 with salt mining at Bristol Dry Lake. The name Amboy originated in 1883 as a station name for the Atlantic & pacific Railroad.

In his 1946 "A Guide Book to Highway 66" Jack Rittenhouse described the towns as having two cafes and a garage and nothing else. One of those garages was owned owned by Roy Crowl and his son-in-law Buster Burris and grew to become Roy's.

By the 1970s Buster owned the station and the whole town. Buster retired in 1995 leased the property until 2000 then sold it. His widow got it back a few years later and sold it to Albert Okura the owner of Juan Pollo Chicken Restaurant chain in 2005. Okura is slowly working on restoring the property, it's a big project.

x About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.