Winchell's Donut House sign
The Winchell’s Donut House
sign which the Route 66 Mother Road Museum donated to the Museum of
Neon Art (MONA) of LA in 2005 now stands in Plummer Park in the City
of West Hollywood.
Photo submitted by Kevin
Hansel shows recent neon addition on one side with a protective cover.
The city of West Hollywood
in collaboration with MONA have a wonderful new brochure titled
on route 66 lights. It has a history of neon and has a fold
out map covering Sunset Blvd, and Santa Monica Blvd. showing where
all the different neon signs are located. Each sign has a description
and many have full color photos. See www.neonmona.org
for map and more information.
Amboy Update !
In 2005, Albert Okura, the founder of the restaurant
chain Juan Pollo, purchased the historic town of Amboy. Numerous
obstacles have prevented him from realizing his goal of reopening the
gas station and its adjacent convenience mart.
However, these obstacles have not prevented Mr. Okura
from doing something for the Route 66 travelers who stop at Roy’s in
Amboy. As of this writing, (December 2007) the restrooms have been
re-opened, and they have flush toilets and running water to wash your
hands; however, the water is not potable –meaning it’s not safe to
drink. They also have gas at some pumps.
Vending Machines with snacks and cold drinks are
available in front of the Post Office across from Roy’s, but there is
no other food, lodging or gasoline available in Amboy. Amboy T-shirts
are also available for sale in a quasi visitor center inside Roy’s
lunch counter. Much of Amboy’s charm is related to its 1940s and 1950s
buildings, and its remote location in the Mojave Desert. This
remoteness lends itself to individualism and eccentricity, as the
visitor center is not open and staffed on a specific schedule. All we
can say is when it is open; it will be during the day—most likely,
from mid-morning to late-afternoon, or by chance.
now open in the
Mojave National Preserve
newly remodeled Kelso
Depot is now open as a visitors center for the Mojave National
Preserve. The Visitors Center is open every day from 9:00 AM to
5 PM except Christmas. Most of the former dormitory rooms contain
exhibits describing various aspects of the surrounding desert. The
old baggage room, ticket office, and two dormitory rooms have been
historically furnished. An excellent 12-minute film on the preserve
is shown in the theater on request. They have restrooms and water.
No other facilities are available. The Lunch Room has been restored
but no food or beverages are served at this time. There is a gift
shop and staffed information from the NPS is on hand.
The Greystone Cafe is
March 25th 2007 the Greystone Café located at 31317 E. Main in
Barstow, CA was torn down. The unique structures were built from river
rock in 1918. This was before Route 66 was even named National Trails
Highway. The road was dirt at that time. Today this section of road
runs parallel to the freeway by the Marine Base. People from the
sixties will remember it as a bar. The cabins and main structure are
now lost forever and remain only in pictures and memories.
When the Greystone was
built it served as a way station for Mormons on their way to the lower
LA Basin area. It had a store, overnight rooms and a garage for
automobile repair. Horses were still the primary mode of
transportation but the number of automobiles was growing fast. The
property if for sale through Coldwell Banker.
Plan your Route 66 Trip
with AAA info
staff writer Kelly Donovan reports the AAA team photographer Todd
Masinter and travel writer David J. Brackney stopped at the Route
66 Mother Road Museum in Barstow Monday June 6th. They were traveling
on Route 66 to update the AAA Great Hits map, "The Best of
the Mother Road," which includes Barstow.
Check the AAA
web site Route 66 Road Trip Update . Day 21 tells about Barstow
and Victorville. Also, see the Photo Galleries for more pictures.
The Excellent photo journals provide useful information to plan
your Route 66 road trip
wayside exhibit in the Mojave Desert
have noticed that an old rest stop on Route 66 about three miles
east of Cadiz Summit has a new exhibit in the making. Thanks to
the BLM, the California Route 66 Preservation Foundation, and others
the wayside exhibit will be an informative stop to pause and take
in the surrounding beauty.
An attractive rock base surrounds the sturdy steel structure. Progress
toward completion of the renewed rest stop can be observed west
of Danby and Essex, and east of Cadiz Summit and Chambless.
Roy's in Amboy
is purchased by a new investor!
Okura, the founder of the restaurant chain Juan Pollo. From
an article by Jim Steinberg and the San Bernardino Sun on
April 12, 2005: The founder of the Juan Pollo
restaurant chain has purchased historic Amboy, once a familiar
stop for travelers along Route 66. Albert Okura said he'll
focus on preservation and, eventually, restoration. "I don't
see us making money there,' he said. And there will never
be a Juan Pollo restaurant there, he said, because his chain
wasn't around in Amboy's heyday in the 1950s. One of the
first tasks Okura faces is restoring water to the town.
Later, he will renovate restrooms and reopen the gas station
and its adjacent convenience mart. "It's going to be hot
up there soon, and people are going to need something to
drink,' Okura said, adding that he plans to sell gasoline
for virtually what it costs to bring it in. "I don't want
people to think I'm trying to gouge them and get angry,'
Okura said. "Amboy is the centerpiece of the East Mojave.
That is where the Twentynine Palms cutoff intersects the
old Route 66,' Lundy said. "International visitors are the
ones most passionate about Route 66. They love to discover
Amboy because they have heard so much about it.'
the complete article see the San Bernardino Sun.com web
site. Link Article
Lord of the Rings
Barstow, Calif. - Got a big breadbox? Yes? Then how about
adopting this donut? The Route 66 Mother Road Museum of Barstow,
CA is seeking a new home for what could be called the Biggest
Pastry on Route 66. It's yellow and red, and it could be yours
presuming you promise not take a bite out of it. The donut,
which measures 11 feet, 8 inches in height and 14 feet, 6
inches in width, once marked the home of the Winchell's Donut
House on Foothill Boulevard in Upland, California. It's the
chain's oldest sign in the southern part of the state, and
it served Winchell's well until the company's lease on the
building ended. Preservation-minded management donated the
donut to the Route 66 Mother Road Museum in Barstow, which
doesn't have room to keep the cake. The sign depicts the original
[Winchell's] design, says museum curator Debra Hodkin. The
neon did operate until the move and was even scheduled on
an upcoming Route 66 Neon Tour in Los Angeles County. The
displaced donut was delivered to Soutar's Auto Dealership
in Barstow May 3rd of last year. It remains there today, waiting
for a call to Debra Hodkin that could lead to a new mom and
pop or, perhaps, a really big cup of coffee.
66 Mother Road Museum 681 North First Ave, Barstow, CA. 92311