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Ludlow, CA

The little town of Ludlow and the old National Trails Hwy. (Route 66) are just a few hundred feet south of I-40, but that short distance made all the difference for the town and its residents when the freeway opened in the 1970s.
xOld Ludlow Cafe
National Trails Hwy.
The burned out Ludlow Cafe stood a couple of blocks east of the newer Ludlow Route 66 Cafe in 2013. It's been ... read more
xPendergast Motel / Post office
National Trails Hwy.
The old motel has seen better days, only one cabin was standing in 2019 and the Post Office seems to have moved on ... read more
xFormer Union 76
National Trails Hwy.
This abandoned Union 76 station stands between the site of the old Ludlow Cafe and the Ludlow ... read more
xLudlow Garage
National Trails Hwy.
Service might be slow, but the wall advertises welding, generators, regulators, water pumps, fuel pumps and 24 hour towing. ... read more

Side Trip:
Turn south on Main Street and proceed to the "T" intersection.

xLudlow Mercantile Ruins
Main St.
The shell of this building is south of Ludlow Cafe. Take the road west of the cafe to get there ... read more

Back on 66:
Turn around and backtrack to 66 and turn west on Ludlow Rd. to the open cafe, gas station and motel and a couple of closed gas stations.

xLudlow Route 66 Cafe
6835 Ludlow Road
Grab a seat in the cafe for a meal or a snack in the former Friends Coffee Shop and enjoy the cool window ... read more
xTonopah & Tidewater Railroad Display
6835 Ludlow Road
The Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad headquarters and shops were located near here. ... read more
xAtomic Highway Marker
6835 Ludlow Road
This was a sort of goofy idea to use atomic bombs to blow up a mountain to build a road and ... read more
xFormer Richfield Gas Station
Route 66
This old gas station and garage is home to an old Chevrolet tank truck that belonged to the Ludlow Fire Department ... read more
xLudlow Motel
6831 Ludlow Rd
This little motel is a bit of a different operation than most, you check-in at the Chevron Gas Station across the street ... read more

East < GO > West

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.