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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
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 ...
The old school is still standing just west of Roy's with some talking
of creative reuse in the future ... read
Cafe & Motel
One of the more famous stops along the original Route 66. The complex
dates back to the 1920's ... read
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
Bagdad: No longer even a ghost town, Bagdad is about eight miles
west of Amboy.
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
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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.