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Thursday, May 15, 2014
This forgotten desert town (like others on Route 66) is now a photographers favorite. I was there last weekend a little after sunrise. My wife gave me a free pass for the weekend, and I wanted to make the most of it! At one time (prior to the building of the freeway that took all the traffic away from Route 66) Amboy was a thriving tourist stop. The main attraction now is the old Roy's Cafe sign and motel bungalows. Kind of a tribute to a bygone era. There is no cafe, no functioning motel. The gas station has one pump that works (a good thing because it's quite a distance to the next gas station) and the store sells cold drinks, T-shirts and other souvenirs. The long stretch of old Route 66 that seems to go on forever and the huge desert vistas and surrounding mountains make it a special place.
Just a guess, but the Roy's sign is probably the most photographed of all the Route 66 signs, at least along the CA stretch of Route 66. And look at those bungalows! You can just imagine the wide-eyed families motoring west from places like Chicago who have, perhaps, never even seen the desert before. They would be pulling into Roy's to fill their tank, eat at the cafe and get a good nights sleep before heading on to the Pacific. If those bungalow walls could talk!