Historic Route 66 in Amboy, California

California Route 66 Sign

Route 66, the Mother Road, passed through a number of cities and towns as it made its way westbound across California: Needles, Amboy, Barstow, Victorville, San Bernardino, Pasadena and Santa Monica.

From the Arizona state line to San Bernardino U.S. Highway 66 followed the old National Old Trails Highway.

Leaving Needles, the road ventured a bit north, through Goffs. This railroad town remained a stop on Route 66 until 1931, when a more direct alignment between Needles and Essex was opened.

The road then headed south, through Chambless and Amboy.

Amboy was first settled in 1858; Lewis Kingman, a locating engineer for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, created the town as the first of a series of alphabetical railroad stations that were to be constructed across the Mojave Desert.

In 1926, Amboy became a boom town after the opening of U.S. Route 66. In 1938, Roy's Motel and Café opened and prospered due to its isolated location on the route. Today, Roy's has been purchased by Albert Okura who is working to restore and revitalize the area.

Two extinct volcanoes are located west of the town: Amboy Crater and Pisgah Crater.

Map showing the approximate location of Amboy, California on Historic Route 66
Map showing the approximate location of Amboy, California on Historic Route 66

Amboy California

Roy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy, California, on Route 66
Roy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy, California

Roy's Motel and Cafe

Roy's Motel and Café is a historic site on U.S. Route 66 in the Mojave Desert town of Amboy in San Bernardino County, California. Roy's Motel and Café is a 24-hour gas station, gift shop, and famous tourist attraction, due to its 1950s Googie-Style neon sign that can be seen for miles approaching the town.

For more information, visit the website of Roy's

Roy's Motel and Cafe ... sign in Amboy, California


 

Route 66 Roadside Attraction in Amboy
"Founded in 1858, Amboy provided a vital rest stop for weary sun-drenched travelers seeking a better life in California"
Route 66 Roadside Attraction in Amboy

Time for a stop on a hot day of bike riding ... at Roy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy
Time for a stop on a hot day of bike riding ... Roy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy, California


Earlier Days in Amboy

Bender's One Stop Service Station
Bender's One Stop Super Service Station in Amboy, California - Inside views of the cottages and lobby
Roy's Cafe and Motel
Roy's Cafe and Motel in Amboy, California on U.S. Highway 66 ... excellent airport adjoining



Bicycle rider on Route 66 near Amboy, California

Bicycle rider on Route 66 near Amboy, California

An area attraction: the Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark
The Amboy Crater is an an extinct, 79,000 year old volcano, located about 1.5 miles south of Route 66.
Amboy Crater National Natural entrance area on Historic US Route 66 in California
Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark sign Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark
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