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Route 66 Eastern California

Here's the original Route 66 California area of the site. This section will be updated soon.

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UPDATE :  Photos of Ludlow and the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs after the October 16, 1999 7.0 Hector Mines earthquake.

 

Welcome to Daggett
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The last stretch of the California Route 66 as you head eastward begins in Daggett.   You are first greeted by an abandoned building, origins unknown.  (If you have any info regarding this building, please drop me a line.  Any info much appreciated).

 

Coming up the street is Mug Wumps, which appears to be a reseller of sorts.  If you need to make a stop as you travel through, Daggett Gas Station is available for gas tank fill-ups and Daggett Restaurant for stomach fill-ups.

 


Mugwumps
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Daggett Gas
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Daggett Restaurant
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Anderson's Chevron
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After another unknown abandoned building is Anderson's Chevron, with petrol pumps currently surrounded by weeds and brush.  Anderson's closed around 1997.

 

 

Anderson's Chevron
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Check out this old roadside gas station, which is known as Anderson's Chevron.

 

 

Henning Motel
Newberry Springs, CA
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Here's the Henning Motel, standing off of Route 66 in Newberry Springs just across the street from the Bagdad Cafe. The place has been used for many a movie.

 

 

Across the street from this old petrol pump is Newberry Market, an unforgettable place to stop and freshen up.  As you travels towards the eastern edge of Daggett, a bright red building named The Barn looms up.  

 

 

 

 

 

Stop by if you're ready for some cocktails and dancing or if you just want to shoot some pool or throw darts.  Tired from your late night out on the town, stop for the night at the Henning Motel.

Many thanks to Mike Lepker for identifying Anderson's Chevrolet and providing info.

 

The Bagdad Cafe
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The next stretch in your travels is the Newberry, Bagdad Route 66 run, a nice stretch of straightaway highway.  Before you get too far, check into the Bagdad Cafe, the site of the movie of the same name.  Although the real Bagdad cafe is further up the road, this site is full of good stories.  Just a hundred yards up the street is an old auto garage called Tony's  Gas pumps in decent condition still stand guard over a fading building.  Traveling out of this area, you'll encounter the Bagdad Hut, a building with a definite Polynesian look to it.

 


Tony's Auto Garage
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Tony's pumps
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Bagdad Hut
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Pisgah Crater
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The next town you'll encounter is Ludlow.  But before you can reach Ludlow, you'll see the Pisgah Crater on the right side of the street.  This volcanic looking dune is easy to mistake for the Amboy Crater, so be careful. 

 

Ludlow Motel
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Ludlow is a town that contains a new section still bustling with activity as well as an old area full of nostalgia.  Entering Ludlow, you first pass a Dairy Queen, duck under Hwy-40, and run straight into the newer area.  Located here is Ludlow Motel, a garage, and a Coffee Shop.  

 

Dairy Queen
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Ludlow Coffee Shop
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Garage
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Old Ludlow Cafe, Ludlow
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A hundred feet further down the road is the old section of Ludlow, including an old garage, an old gas station, and the original Ludlow Cafe

The Ludlow Cafe still features its block letter out front, though some are starting to be missing. The windows are boarded up now. Needless to say, it's been quite a long time since the cafe last served its last meal. Here's to the memories of the Ludlow Cafe. Any chance for a reopening?

 

 

Old Garage
Ludlow, CA
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Old Gas Station
Ludlow, CA
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Next on the trip, Amboy.

 

Amboy Crater Sign
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The trip towards the town of Amboy is full of fun and surprises, not the least of which is the Amboy Crater stopping point.  Legend has it that the Amboy Crater (once an active volcanic area) was used in a practical joke many years ago that eventually evacuated the entire town of Amboy.

 

Amboy Crater
Amboy, CA
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Take a look at the road when you stop here for the crater, as in it are memories of many a traveler.  Meanwhile, take a peek at the trains as they whiz past.

 

 

Roy's Motel
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When you reach the town of Amboy, you are greeted by one of the most photographed signs and structures around, Roy's Motel and Cafe.  The familiar astro-googie signage and modernistic buildings invite travelers in for some gas, food, and lodging.

Googie Gas Station
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The Amboy School is right next door, currently out of session, and presumably out of session for some time to come.  Nearby is the Amboy Church and Post Office.
Amboy School
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Amboy Church
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Post Office
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Road Runner's Retreat Restaurant
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The last leg of the Eastern California journey takes you to the town of Needles.  Along the way on the Mother Road, check out the old and shut down Road Runner's Retreat Restaurant.  This restaurant appears to have been quite a stop in its heyday, if the immensity of the roadside marquee means anything.

 

 


In Needles, the Wagon Wheel Restaurant is a great stop for a bite to eat or to do some souvenir shopping.  Another place for food is Hui's Restaurant (formerly Denny's) up near the bend of the road.  Best Chalet Inn is right next door to Hui's in case you overeat and need to quit for the night.

 

Needles Welcome Sign
Needles, CA
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When you see the Needles Welcome sign, you know you're in for a treat. If not a treat, you know you're in for the heat. Especially if its summer.

 

 


Hui's Restaurant
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Wagon Wheel Restaurant
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Best Chalet Inn
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More sleeping quarters beckon to the weary travel as you reach the end of Needles.  Motels along this pike include the , Le Brun Motel, Kiva Motel, , El Rancho Motel, Western Motel, and the Sage Motel.

(Update! The Kiva Motel is now a Budget Inn - Mike Lepker)


Le Brun Motel
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Kiva Motel
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El Rancho Motel
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Western Motel
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Sage Motel
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66 Motel
Needles, CA
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Found at the far edge of Needles is the 66 Motel.  Car trouble?  West Point Towing offers  service and a keen astro-looking building structure.  Hungry?  Grab some Mexican food at Rita's and sneak a peek at its unique signage.

 

Rita's Mexican Food
Needles, CA
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West Point Towing
Needles, CA
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Here's the space age gas station called West Point Towing. This gas station still maintains its googie fins, supporting the overhang.

 

 

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