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Will Rogers Highway Marker

Ocean Ave. at Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA

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Unlike most of the markers along the Will Rogers Highway this one is a simple plaque mounted on an angled stone base in Palisades Park at Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. It's straight ahead of you when you reach the intersection on Santa Monica Blvd. This spot is not the official western end of Route 66, but is is the end of the Will Rogers Highway.

x The Will Rogers Highway plaque says

Will Rogers Highway
Dedicated 1952
Will Rogers
Humorist - World Traveler - Good Neighbor
This Main Street of America
Highway 66
Was the first road he raveled in
a career that led him straight to the hearts of his countrymen

The symbolic end of Route 66 is located on the Santa Monica Pier. Like many places on the Mother Road, the "end" of Route 66 has been relocated from time to time.

I'm not sure of the relationship, if any, between Route 66 and/or the Will Rogers Highway to the smaller marker in the photo . It reads:

California Presidents Club
Finis corona opus*
In Memory of Departed Members

[*The end crowns the work]

xAs long as you've stopped to see the marker you really should walk over to the edge of the park to get a really good look at the pier. This photo also shows the cars parked on the beach. That's a good option rather than parking on the pier and there is an elevator to take you up to the pier deck. There's also very convenient paved handicapped parking on the beach level near the elevator.

Photo(s): 2013



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.