Archive for Route 66

Harvey House in Barstow

Barstow's Harvey House

Barstow’s Harvey House

A stone’s throw away from that popular historic road known as Route 66 and a little north of downtown Barstow lies one of the more historic gems that the Mojave Desert region has to offer – the Harvey House.

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Mojave Desert Wildflowers

Mojave Aster

Mojave Aster

We’ve all heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers” but that concept doesn’t usually hold true here in our desert. By May, it’s too hot for wildflowers!

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Route 66 in the Cajon Pass

Route 66 next to I-15

Newer I-15 parallels older Route 66

Before Route 66 reaches the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, it has one last obstacle to negotiate – the Cajon Pass. Other than a small mountain pass east of Albuquerque and the high summits near Flagstaff, the Cajon Pass is the most significant mountain pass along the entire length of Route 66.

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Forgotten Path of Route 66 in the Cajon Pass

Road cut dug in 1860s

Road cut dug in 1860s

There is a forgotten road that passes through California’s Cajon Pass that was originally a wagon toll road built in 1861 and, later, was used by many people that also traveled early Route 66. Today, there are no signs pointing out this historic road or its connection to the Mother Road, but you’ll see evidence of where it once existed.

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Route 66 From Helendale to Barstow

Route 66 north of Helendale

Route 66 north of Helendale

In its day, Route 66 was a lonely road.  There are not too many places close to Los Angeles where you can still experience that same lonely road. However, we know of one place that you can easily get to and feel like you’re the only person on Route 66.

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Route 66 from Victorville to Helendale

Route 66 on side of building

Route 66 on side of building

The Mother Road.  America’s Main Street.  It would be a fair guess that everyone in the World has heard of Route 66. People make the trip down Route 66 to see the nostalgic sites and perhaps experience a once forgotten slower-paced lifestyle.

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