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Pasadena, CA

The "official"starting and ending points as well as the location of Route 66 in Chicago changed through the years, as did the location of the Route itself.
xTops Restaurant
3838 E Colorado Blvd.
The Original Tops Cafe has been open since 1952. It was once an old style coffee shop now known for their Pastrami Burger ... read more
xHiway Host Motel
3474 East Colorado Blvd.
The attraction here is the cool old sign 50 style sign, so probably original to this mid-50s motel. Look for it as you drive by... read more
xAce Motel
2870 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA
In the 40s Route 66 was routed over Colorado Blvd. and by the endo of the decade there were 13 new motels. ... read more
xAstro Pasadena Motel
2818 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA
This was the first of what was projected to be a 100 property chain of Ultra Modern Space Age Motels ... read more
xWhistle Stop Model Trains
2490 E. Colorado
The Whistle Stop has been here since 1951. In 1976 they expanded the store and doubled the space ... read more
xCameron's Sea Food
1978 E Colorado Blvd.
A great neon sign is at Cameron's Seaford that opened in 1984 to provide the freshest seafood to Pasenda residents ... read more
xSaga Motel
1633 East Colorado Blvd.
The Saga Motel dates back to the 1950s and there's a large pool in the courtyard for those who'd like to splash around ... read more
xFormer Chevrolet Dealership
1335 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
From the late 40s to the late 60s this was a Chevy dealership. In 1971 it became an Asian Arts and Antiques shop ... read more
xMilestone Marker & Ghost Signs
1318 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
This Milestone Marker was part of the 1882 Bancroft system. Ghost writing on the building next door ... read more
xHolliston Methodist Church
1305 E. Colorado
This 1905 Methodist church was moved several blocks, stone by stone, in 1920-1925 to this location ... read more
xHoward Motor Company Building
1285 East Colorado Blvd.
This building was built in 1927 for the Howard Motor Company, a Buick dealership. At one time it was the Noll Packard ... read more
xPelton Motor Co,
1253 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
This building house Oldsmobile dealers continuously for 60+ years. Roosevelt and Viking cars were also sold here ... read more
xKindel Building
1095 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
Over the years Dodge, Oakland, Pontiac, Buick and Packard cars were sold by one dealer or another in this 1927/8 building ... read more
x1931 United Artists Building
606 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
This theater opened in 1931 as United Artists Theatre. Closed in the mid-1990s it became Angel's School Supply who ... read more
xStar-News Building
525 E. Colorado Blvd.
This building was completed in 1925 and named after its original newspaper-publishing occupant. It also house a couple of radio ... read more

Side Trip:
One block north of Colorado Blvd. at Euclid Avenue you'll find the Pasadena City Hall, a magnificent building well worth a short side trip to see.

xPasadena City Hall
100 N Garfield Ave.
The Pasadena City Hall is one block off Colorado Blvd. Construction was complete in December 1927 on this early ... read more ...

Back on 66:
Backtrack to Colorado and continue west to the Colorado Blvd. Bridge over the Arroyo Seco.

xPasadena Post Office
281 E. Colorado Blvd.
The main Pasadena Post Office with its red tile roof was built in 1914-1915 and the northern addition was in ... read more
xColorado Bridge
W. Colorado at North Orange Grove Blvd.
Take West Colorado Blvd to the bridge, cross the bridge and turn around and return west to ... read more

Return east to Arroyo Parkway and turn south and go several blocks to curve onto the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

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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.