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Santa Rosa, NM

Santa Rosa is the first larger town west of Tucumcari. These landmarks are listed east to west along Historic Route 66.
Frontier Land Cafe - Museum
I-40 Exit 284
There's not a lot left of the Frontier Land Museum, Cafe, Bar or other businesses at I-40 exit 284 east of ... read more
xSilver Moon Restaurant, Motel & Texaco
2545 Route 66
The Silver Moon Restaurant has been feeding hungry travelrs for decades, the motel, now a Budget Inn, not so long and the ... read more
x Route 66 Auto Museum
2436 Historic Route 66
The Route 66 Auto Museum has been open since 2000 . You can't miss it with the 1931 yellow ... read more
xPlains Motel Sign
2525 Will Rogers Blvd.
The Lake View Courts became the Plains Motel, by 2012 all that remained was the sign. Another reason to travel Route 66 before ... read more
x La Mesa Motel
2415 Will Rogers Dr.
The 1940s La Mesa Motel is has a very cool 5-s or 60s neon sign ... read more
x Rio Peco's Truck Terminal
???? Historic Route 66.
The Rio Pecos Ranch Truck Terminal sign has a truck driver with an animated waving hand and a neon ... read more
x Route 66 Restaurant
2295 Historic Route 66
The former Lettie's Route 66 Restaurant. Check out the cool Googie style Restaurant" sign on the front of the building ... read more

Side Trip:
If you're interested in scuba diving this side trip is for you.

xBlue Hole
1085 Blue Hole Road
The Blue Hole is a scuba drivers mecca with great visibility and a depth of eighty-one feet. ... read more

Back on 66:
Back track to Lake Dr. and then to 66.

xSun & Sand Motel & Restaurant
2050 Historic Route 66
This motel was built in 1965 and the sign was restored as part of the 2003 NM Route 66 Neon Sign Restoration Project ... read more
x Sunset Motel
1835 Historic Route 66
This is a former Whiting Brothers Motel, it still has a little neon in the sign. Some cool pierced blocks screening ... read more
x Western Motel
1790 (appx.) Historic Route 66
The 1947 Western Motel was made up of several buildings. Two buildings are gone. Cool signs though! ... read more
Joseph's Restaurant
1775 Historic Route 66
This cafe started out as La Fiesta in 1956 and it's still going strong. There's a story behind the logo ... read more
x La Loma Motel
1709 Historic Route 66
The former La Loma Lodge has been owned & operated by the Campos family since 1949. ... read more
x Tower Motel
1634 Historic Route 66
The Tower Motel was built in 1949. I'm guessing the name may have come from the water towers behind the motel ... read more
Club Cafe
Historic Route at 6th St.
The famous Club Cafe is gone now, but the signs may still be there right across from the Tower Motel ... read more
xIlfeld-Johnson Warehouse
Historic Route 66 at S. 4th St.
This building was built in 1901 as a wool warehouse ... read more
xGuadalupe County Courthouse
1448 U.S. Rte 66
The 1909 Guadalupe County Courthouse is located at the intersection of Route 66 & 4th St. ... read more
x1901 Bank Building
101 S 4th St.
This former bank was most recently the Lake City Diner which closed a few years ago but which may reopen with new owners ... read more

Side Trip:
Turn south on 4th street to see the Pecos Theater.

xPeco's Theater
219 S. 4th St
This building was home to a movie theater continuously since the late 19teens until it closed in late 2010 except for ... read more

Back on 66:
Backtrack to Historic Route 66.

xComet Drive In
1257 Historic Route 66
The Comet II Drive-In operated as the Mucho Burger from 1952 until 1961 when it became the Comet II ... read more
x1926 to 1937 Alignment
Route 66 at Serrano Ave.
Heading west take tirst right after crossing the Pecos River Bridge and go under the railroad bridge ... read more

Take Exit 256 to the1926 Santa Fe Loop, or continue west on I-40 which is the 1937 alignment at this point.

xTrail of the 49ers
Exit 252 Rest Stop
The Trail of the Forty-Niners was an 1849 alternative route from Arkansas to New Mexico and on to the ... read more

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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.