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Historic Roads & Highways

Route 66 - Mojave Desert

Perhaps no other highway in the U.S. is as fabled as Route 66. It has been immortalized in song, literature, and even a T.V. series as the Main Street of America. Automobiles came early to the desert, following the railroad with its valuable water resources. In the early 1900's the route was known as the National Old Trails Road. In 1926 it became U.S. Highway 66, and within a decade was paved all the way from L.A. to Chicago. Heavy travel by dustbowl emigrants led John Steinbeck to label it as the Mother Road. It was bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1973, and the Route 66 designation was officially dropped in 1985.

Photo of Route 66 sign at Colorado River on California side
Photo of Route 66 sign at Colorado River near Needles, CA. Mojave Desert
Route 66
Virtual Motoring
Amboy to Barstow
Barstow to Amboy

-- also see --
Mojave Preserve
Barstow Region
Victor Valley Region
Wildflowers
Cactus
Ghost Towns
& Gold Mines
Museums


Route 66 Links

Cruisin' Main Street America

Route 66 Map

Route 66 Photo Tours

This photo tour follows the old route from the Arizona/California stateline west, across the Mojave Desert and then south to San Bernardino, California. Subjects included are ghost towns, contemporary communities, natural features, nearby attractions as well as, and most importantly, glimpses into the past as America discovered America.

Colorado River
Needles
Goffs
Essex
Cadiz Summit
Chambless
Bristol Dry Lake
Amboy
  • Amboy Crater

  • Bagdad
    Siberia
    Ludlow
  • Old Ludlow

  • Ludlow Cemetery

  • Newberry Springs
  • Pisgah Crater
    Daggett
    Calico Ghost Town
  • Calico Cemetery
    Barstow
    Helendale
  • Silver Lakes
    Oro Grande
    Victorville
  • Route 66 Museum
    Cajon Pass
  • Mormon Rocks
  • Lost Lake
  • Blue Cut

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    ROUTE 66 USA
    Highway Maps of the states along
    Historic US Route 66

    R66.US - R66.US - R66.US
    Come and travel the historic highway across the U.S. from Chicago to Los Angeles through online interactive maps.
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