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Needles, CA

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.
xCarty's Camp
Route 66 & Desnak St.
This long closed 1923 auto court played a role in the movie Grapes of Wrath ... read more

x66 Motel
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 more

xOld Trails Inn
304 W. Broadway
Curve left with Broadway at the Old Trails Inn, now called Palms Apartments, at Broadway & Front.... read more

xGiant Pioneer Wagon
Broadway & A Streets
The huge Needles "Borax Wagon" was formerly the sign for the El Rancho Motel in Barstow ... read more

xFormer Richfield Gas Station
518 W. Broadway
This former Richfield gas station is located on Broadway and C Street. It dates to at least 1952 and was still a Richfield ... read more
xColorado River Ford Building
539 W. Broadway
They have serviced Mohave County for 20 years, but here anymore. It is family owned and ... read more

xRiverstone Apartments
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
xImperial 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 more

xRoute 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 more

xClaypool & Company Building
725 W. Broadway
Claypool's Hardware opened in this building in 1930 and closed in 2002. Palo Verde College now uses the building ... read more

xHistoric Masonic Lodge & Theater
823 Broadway
In 1929 the Masonic Order built this building for around $120,000 ... read more

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

xHistorical Museum
929 Front St.
The Needles Regional Museum is operated by local volunteers and is open daily Tues-Sat ... read more

xEl Garces Hotel
950 Front St.
The El Garces Hotel and Depot opened in 1908. It was considered the "Crown Jewel" of the Fred ... read more

Take G or H Street back to Broadway and turn west (right).

xSage Motel Sign
1624 W Broadway St.
The Sage Motel was an independently owned six-room motel established 1946-47 that closed in 2009 ... read more

xWagon Wheel Restaurant
2420 Needles Highway
The sign outside says "Since 1978" that certainly fits the spirit of the old road ... read more

xFender's River Rd. Resort
3395 Needles Hwy. 
The small vintage Fender's Resort Motel and RV Park are the real deal for Mother Road travelers ... read more

xMilitary Monuments
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 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.