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Barstow, CA

Main Street in Barstow is also National Old Trails as well as historic Route 66. There's a bit east of town that is closed because of a military base, so take I-40 around that stretch.
Murals On Main
Main St. (Route 66)
There are many murals depicting the early days of Barstow along Main St. ... read more
xFormer Brant's Motel
921 E. Main St.
In 2017 this was the the Barstow Route 66 Hotel according to the sign. It was gated and appeared to be closed ... read more
xCactus Motel
916 E. Main St.
The cool neon sign sign at the 1949 Cactus Motel showed up a few years after the motel opened ... read more
xVillage Hotel & Cafe
205 E. Main
Great sign! The cafe is still open and has been there for many years, the hotel space seems to have changed business models... read more
xEl Rancho Motel
112 E. Main St.
Do you like trains, here's a bit of the unusual. The 1940's El Rancho Motel was built using wood railroad ties from the Tonopah & Tidewater RR ... read more

Side Trip:
Turn north on 1st St. and follow it across the bridge over the tracks and around the curve to the entrance to the Barstow depot and museums.

xBarstow Depot
685 N. First Ave.
Home to the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, the Harvey House, the Amtrak Station and the American Railroad Museum ... read more

Back on 66:
Backtrack to Main Street to get back on 66.

xRoute 66 Motel
195 West Main Street
Several antique cars can be found in the parking lot and carports of the 1922 Route 66 Motel in Barstow ... read more
xTorches Motel
201 W. Main St.
The 1940s Hollon Motel had become the Torches Motel by 2009 ... read more
xPlaza Motel
207 W. Main St.
This is the former Downtown Motel. It was built in 1954 and has 20 rooms and a laundromat ... read more
xSage Motel
220 W. Main St.
The 21 unit motel is one of several old style motels along historic Route 66 in Barstow ... read more
xTopper Motel
800 W. Main St.
I'm guessing it was built in the late 1930s or early 1940s. It apparently had 15 rooms with tile showers ... read more
xFormer El Carlos Motel
830 W. Main St.
The little El Carlos motel with 7 air-conditioned guest rooms eventually became part of the Topper Motel, but when? ... read more
xSunset Inn
860 W. Main, Barstow, CA
This is the former Casa Loma Motel on the west side of Barstow. A cafe was added in the 50s ... read more

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xStay tuned, there's more to come!


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.