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Depending on which way you're headed Needles is the first or last town
in California on Route 66. There were two alignments through town, this
pages takes a bit of both.
Route 66 & Desnak St.
This long closed 1923 auto court played a role in the movie Grapes
of Wrath ... read more
91 Desnak St.
This motel sits at E. Broadway St. and Desnak St. around the corner
from Carty's. Camp. The six room motel was soon after WWII ... read
304 W. Broadway
Curve left with Broadway at the Old Trails Inn, now called Palms
Apartments, at Broadway & Front.... read
Broadway & A Streets
The huge Needles "Borax Wagon" was formerly the sign for
the El Rancho Motel in Barstow ... read
625 W Broadway.
This former 25 unit motel featured 7 foot beds and running ice water.
It's a senior living site now ... read more
400 Motor Inn
644 W. Broadway
The Imperial 400 chain of hotels started in 1959 and had several
of the "gull-winged" roofed structures ... read
66 Burger Hut
701 W. Broadway
The Burger Hut opened here 1957, after numerous name changes was
back to being called the Burger Hut again ... read
NOTE: Turn North onto F Street, go 1 block to Front Street and turn
left to the Historic Museum and the former El Garces Hotel/Amtrak Depot
929 Front St.
The Needles Regional Museum is operated by local volunteers and
is open daily Tues-Sat ... read
950 Front St.
The El Garces Hotel and Depot opened in 1908. It was considered
the "Crown Jewel" of the Fred ... read
NOTE: Take G or H Street back to Broadway and turn west (right).
1624 W Broadway St.
The Sage Motel was an independently owned six-room motel established
1946-47 that closed in 2009 ... read
National Old Trails Road
These rock markers honor the U. S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines,
Coast Guard, National Guard, POW/MIA and more ... read
| Stay tuned,
there's more to come!